Gator coaches make impression on Matthews

Tallahassee FAMU defensive back Armunz Mathews spent the day in Gainesville on Saturday for Florida’s first Junior Day under Jim McElwain. He came away liking what he saw.

Former South Florida commitment Armunz Matthews was appreciative of the attention and the approach that the Florida staff had with him and the other prospects in attendance at Junior Day on Saturday. Head coach Jim McElwain and defensive back coach Kirk Callahan made sure to let him know he was a top target of theirs.

“I really like Coach McElwain and Coach Callahan,” Matthews said by phone late Saturday. “They just keep it real with me. Every time they stopped to talk to me they kept it real with me.

“They told me they really like my film and they want to see me during the summer.”

He said that the Gators like him at safety even though he plays both corner and safety in high school. To him, it just doesn’t matter. He would go wherever they want him.

“They are recruiting me as a safety,” Matthews said. Honestly, I would just like to be where they want me.”

He already holds 16 offers right now and that is part of the reason that he stepped away from his USF commitment. But, he still lists USF along with LSU, Kentucky, and Louisville as his favorites and all have offered.

“I really liked USF, but my parents wanted me to take time out and look at other schools that have offered,” Matthews said. “They just want me to make sure I made the right decision for my future, because it is for the rest of my life.”

LSU brings a different kind of appeal to the mix.

“I just like LSU,” he said. “They have had a lot of great defensive backs like Tyrann Matheu and Patrick Peterson. It means a lot that they offered because it means they compare me to those guys.”

The Cardinals play the game like he likes to play it.

“I just like Louisville all around,” he said. “I like the scheme they use on defense.”

The SEC is a place he would like to play and Kentucky is a team that has offered and he likes a lot.

“I like the fan base,” he said of the Wildcats. “The fan base is very rabid. I have a big brother on the team already in Kendall Randolph, so I really like Kentucky.”

Matthews says that if the Gators come through with an offer, that list will definitely add another team to it.

“If Florida came with an offer it would put them in the top group,” Matthews said. “I grew up watching Florida and they were my favorite team growing up.”

As far as him as a player, he believes he is a little misunderstood because he plays receiver as well. His heart lies on defense where he can hurt people.

“A lot of people think since I play both sides of the ball that I don’t like to hit,” he said with a grin you could see through the hone. “I like to hit more than I like to catch the ball.”

As for future plans, the soon-to-be Communications major says he has some camp visits he will make over the summer.

“I am going to camp at Florida, Alabama, LSU, and try and get to Kentucky,” he said.

He also knows what he is looking for in a program. School and distance are huge factors.

“First and foremost it will be about academics and how long it will take for my family to come see me play,” he said.

Stay tuned to Scout.com as we continue to follow the recruitment of Armunz Matthews.


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