The state of Florida produces some of the best, and most, FBS football players in the country, so it's not surprising to see colleges from all over the country try to dip in and steal some recruits from the Sunshine state, and the University of Utah happens to be one of those schools. When former Miami Hurricane head coach Dennis Erickson joined the Ute staff, their recruiting efforts in Florida picked up significantly, which has led to 6 Florida natives joining the Utes in the past 2 seasons. Utah looks to continue picking up more players from the state of Florida, and one of their main targets in 2016 is athlete Armunz Mathews.
Mathews, from Tallahassee, plays a multitude of positions for North Christian High School and is being recruited to play multiple positions as well. "The recruiting process for me has been very overwhelming, but I love it. It's been fun so far." With 15 offers in hand, it's easy to see why Mathews may be feeling a little overwhelmed with the process, but he's starting to see some separation in terms of which schools are the potentially the best fit for him, though he's not quite ready to disclose who those schools are. "There are some schools standing out more than others, but me and my family aren't putting them out there. I love all the schools that have offered me because they're all giving me an opportunity."
The Utes extended an offer to Mathews back in the later part of April, and the first thing that stood out to Mathews about the Utes are the "big time" game they play in. Mathews says that he has been in contact with most of the assistant coaches from Utah, and says it's somewhere he can definitely see himself playing. Like most other schools, Utah is recruiting Mathews early on as an athlete, but his best position in college may end up being at corner, a position Utah has had great success at turning in to NFL players.
With some schools standing out to him more than others, Mathews was originally planning on making a commitment before his senior season, though he now says he's not as attached to that decision as he was before. Mathews says the most important factors in his decision are the school's prestige, coaching staff, and the environment surrounding the school. Before his decision comes though, Mathews has big aspirations to join the list of elite athletes competing at the Nike Opening combine in Oregon later this summer. Mathews also plans on taking all five official visits this fall, and does not have any current plans for unofficial visits this summer.
Check out Mathew's junior highlights here
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