Flashed potential as a game-changing punt returner…returned 18 punts for 200 yards, including a long of 47…hauled in a career-high five punts for 138 yards on senior day against Delaware State…138 punt return yards were most in the country in 2017 and third-most in a game in FSU history…as a receiver, caught his first collegiate pass at Duke for 12 yards…notched his first career receiving touchdown on an acrobatic 14 yard strike from James Blackman in the regular season finale vs. ULM…posted career highs with three receptions for 37 yards against Southern Mississippi in the Walk-On’s Independence Bowl.
A consensus four-star wide receiver prospect from Jacksonville who is explosive with the ball in his hands…had arguably the most impressive play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, a 76-yard touchdown reception in which he sprinted at least 50 yards after making the catch…led Trinity Christian to a fourth consecutive Class 3A state championship in 2016, starring at quarterback and wide receiver…ranked among the nation’s Top 10 wide receivers by Rivals (No. 5), 247Sports (No. 6), ESPN (No. 7) and in the 247Sports Composite (No. 8)…rated the No. 9 player in Florida and No. 36 overall player by Rivals…ranked the No. 12 player in the Sunshine State and the No. 53 overall recruit by ESPN…ranked the No. 7 Florida recruit and No. 42 player in the nation by 247Sports…participated in Nike’s ‘The Opening’…entered his senior year having already totaled 136 receptions for 2,253 yards and 26 TDs before seeing significant action at quarterback in 2016…finished his senior season by accounting for 1,487 yards rushing, receiving and passing to go along with 19 total touchdowns…led Trinity Christian to an 11-3 mark in 2016…named to the Jacksonville Times-Union Super 11…called “one of the premier guys in the class” by top recruiting analyst Tom Lemming of Prep Football Magazine…one of the original members of the 2017 class committed to the Seminoles back in July 2014…according to ESPN, Matthews “possesses excellent foot quickness and is a bit of a nightmare to handle in space”…chose Florida State over Alabama, Clemson, Florida and others.