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Commitment Analysis; Armunz Mathews
Offers: East Carolina, Florida Atlantic, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU and South Florida Committed To: South Florida What to Like Tallahassee (Fla.) Florida A&M High School class of 2016 safety/wide receiver prospect Armunz Mathews, who committed to USF has an athlete yesterday, has very limited but good highlight tape, most of which has him playing wide receiver. He shows good but not great speed, he reportedly runs a 4.6 forty. He also shows good concentration and balance as a wide receiver. The rising junior the ability to make people miss with lateral movement and looks to be quicker than he is fast. Mathews also adjust to the ball well and doesn't seem to mind going across the middle. At times he does a very good job of coming back and high pointing passes that are a little off target. On very limited tape at defensive back, Mathews looks to be a physical tackler and breaks on the ball quickly. He looks comfortable playing press-man and zone coverage. Development, Improvement and Questions There isn't really enough tape available to praise or critique Mathews‘ game with much detail. He has a strong lower-body but needs continue to develop his upper-body. He also needs to continue to improve his speed and can still improve his change of direction and explosiveness. Mathews can certainly continue to improve his route-running skills and perfect the route-tree. You don't see enough on tape to determine if he is more of safety or cornerback on the defensive side of the ball, although most schools are projecting him as a safety. At 5-foot-11 and 180-pounds it would not surprise me to see Mathews grow another inch or so and gain 10 to 15-pounds over the next two seasons. Early Take Mathews caught fire early this spring in regards to recruiting when it was reported that his first scholarship offer came from Alabama which was followed closely by South Florida. Mathews impressed Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart while camping with Crimson Tide last summer which eventually led to his first scholarship offer. At the time of his commitment yesterday to South Florida, the offer from Alabama was not committable. Mathews still has his best high school football ahead of him and the significance of this commitment probably can't be understood fully until he has more of his resume on tape. With continued game experience and physical maturation it should become clearer this fall and next spring which side of the ball Mathews is best suited for at the next level. However, based of his early offers, the Bulls have to feel good about landing the early pledge from Mathews who looks to have the potential to develop into a good football player.
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