2017 four-star wide receiver D.J. Matthews out of Trinity Catholic (FL) in Jacksonville was one of the first members of Florida State's 2017 recruiting class, making his pledge to the Seminoles way back on July 17th of 2014. Despite being a solid commit, Matthews made his way over to Florida State's second Junior Day of 2016 to check in with head coach Jimbo Fisher and wide receivers coach Lawrence Dawsey and to do some recruiting for the Seminoles' 2017 recruiting class.
Matthews first confirmed that he will be an early enrollee at Florida State, arriving in Tallahassee next January. He then went on to name some of the members of the 2017 class that he wants to see land at FSU.
"In 2017, we've actually got some ballers in this class. We look forward to trying to get Jamyest (Williams, a 2017 four-star cornerback), Stanford Samuels III (four-star cornerback and FSU legacy), and Shaun Wade (Matthews teammate at Trinity and a five-star 2017 cornerback who is currently committed to Ohio State).
Matthews was then asked about how he pitches FSU to fellow members of the 2017 recruiting class. He replied, "I honestly want everyone to be proud of their decision but I also let them know that they are wanted at Florida State. Not just wanted, needed here."
With plenty of time left before National Signing Day, Matthews seems poised to fill the commit recruiter role that Levonta Taylor and Naseir Upshur filled in the months leading up to 2016's NSD, which could prove to make the difference between a good class and a great class.