National Signing Day 2011: 4-star OL Josue Matias Switches from Rutgers to FSU
No more than an hour ago, 4-star offensive lineman Josue Matias decided to make the switch and leave Rutgers for Florida State.
It seemed for a while that he would commit to the 'Noles, but decided he wanted to stay close to home and play his college ball for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Now he thinks that Florida State is the best option for him now and in the future.
"I'm headed to Florida State," said Matias. "I just feel as an offensive lineman they are going to do the best job to develop me in college and prepare me for the next level."
Coaches Rick Trickett and James Coley played a big part in his late switch with his decision. Trickett has done a phenomenal job in molding his offensive linemen into All-Americans and preparing them for the next level. What he was able to do with Rodney Hudson and Ryan McMahon is surely something that stood out when Matias was making up his mind where to start his college career.
Coley was also someone that established a strong relationship with the 6'5", 290-pound offensive lineman. He has made sure to stay in contact with Matias throughout the entire recruiting process, even after he originally committed to Rutgers. In fact, according to some sources, Coley was the first one he contacted when he changed his mind about going to Florida State.
This is a really good pickup for Florida State. They are heavily stacked with offensive linemen in this year's recruiting class, so it will be interesting to see how well he fares with all the competition. If he doesn't see any or much playing time this season, I can assure you that he will be battling for a starting position for the 2012 season.
This is another good example of how Florida State is able to make some unexpected signings and quality ones at that. Every year you never know what will happen with their recruiting class when it's winding down to signing day. Stay tuned because this is only the beginning of the 'Noles landing the top recruiting class in all polls.
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