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Former Florida State vast receiver declares for NFL Draft – Sports activities Illustrated

Florida State’s roster has undergone a ton of modifications over the previous few years beneath head coach Mike Norvell and his employees. The regime has utilized the switch portal, highschool, and junior school ranks to accumulate gamers that match the tradition and system that the Seminoles are constructing in Tallahassee. With that being mentioned, a number of the gamers to depart from this system have gone on to thrive in several conditions.

Former FSU vast receiver and present Indiana star, DJ Matthews, has spent the final two years with the Hoosiers. Following the conclusion of his sixth season on the collegiate degree, he declared for the 2023 NFL Draft on Thursday,

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“At the start, I want to thank God for the abundance of blessings that he was bestowed upon my life. With out him, nothing is feasible. To my household and associates, thanks for the unconditional love and steadfast assist you all have present me through the years.

To Florida State College, I can not start to specific my most honest gratitude for offering me with the chance to start my soccer journey on the collegiate degree. It’s a nice honor to have earned my diploma from such a prestigious establishment. Go Noles!

Indiana College, thanks for believing in me and permitting me to contribute to this excellent program. To educate Allen and all the teaching employees, you all have performed an integral function in my improvement as a participant and a person. The dedication you all have made in making certain my success on and of the sphere would not go unnoticed. As well as, I need to thank the medical and athletic employees for his or her infinite assist in my profitable restoration. My time as a Hoosier has been nothing in need of superb and the teachings I’ve realized could have a long-lasting affect on my life. To the Hoosier nation, there aren’t sufficient phrases to specific the sensation of being within the rock with you all. Your assist has helped me to press on in essentially the most difficult occasions and I’m forver indebted.

To my teammates, I’m grateful for the lifelong relationships that we have constructed and I’ll all the time cherish the reminiscences we made. It has been an absolute pleasure being surrounded by people who exemplify willpower, perserverance, and the true imply of LEO!

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Taking part in within the NFL has been a lifelong dream and I’m very excited to embark on this new chapter as a I belief that God will order my steps. I’m grateful for the experiences and the people that had been positioned on my path. With that being mentioned, I can be declaring for the 2023 NFL Draft.”

Matthews was a member of a 2017 class at Florida State that included Cam Akers, Asante Samuel Jr, Joshua Kaindoh, and Marvin Wilson, amongst others. He developed right into a contributor beneath former head coach Willie Taggart – catching 78 passes for 737 yards and 4 touchdowns from 2018-19. Matthews returned a punt 74 yards for a landing to offer the Seminoles a 27-7 lead in opposition to Miami in 2018 earlier than in the end falling 28-27.

The Florida native departed from FSU in 2020 after initially opting out for the season attributable to COVID-19. He landed at Indiana and acquired off to a quick begin with the Hoosiers final 12 months. Sadly, Matthews tore his ACL and was sidelined after 5 video games.

Matthews completed his time at Indiana with 36 catches for 389 yards and three touchdowns. He additionally scored on the bottom and on a punt return. His explosiveness on particular groups would possibly earn him a glance as an undrafted free agent.

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