We’ve touched several times this week on the talent Indiana University’s 2018 class contains on the defensive side of the ball and we’re not done yet. Today we take a closer look at Devon “Monster” Matthews, a three-star safety and former South Florida commit from Jean Ribault H.S. in Jacksonville, FL.
After he originally committed to play for the USF Bulls in July, Matthews reopened his recruitment in November. He came to Bloomington for an official visit on December 1 and committed to play for the Hoosiers just 10 days later via his Twitter account. In total, the incoming freshman had offers from Illinois, Missouri, Mississippi State and Cincinnati, among others. Matthews credited his decision to choose Indiana to his “relationship with the coaches, a better fit, and more comfortable environment.”
Head coach Tom Allen said the following about Matthews, “Devon, AKA Monster. He goes by Monster, which is his nickname. Mom even calls him that, which is sometimes unusual for a nickname. A great football player there that I think has a tremendous ceiling. Devon Matthews is his name.”
“Monster” will bring plenty of great qualities to the Hoosier secondary over the course of the next several years but in his eyes, one area stands out as his biggest strength.
“Athleticism,” said Matthews who’s nickname comes from his style of play. “I’m very athletic because I am a multi-sport athlete so I use that to my advantage and my length. When I got the name “Monster” when I was eight-years-old and sacked the quarterback and made his helmet come off. I can bring athleticism and that “Monster” in me to play on that defense. I expect to contribute early I just have to go in and work and make a name for my self and know my stuff.”
You can watch him in action here.
Matthews believes the Hoosiers are close to turning the corner in Bloomington and will do so in the next few years.
“I see IU winning bowl games in the years to come and getting better every single year,” continued Matthews.
For as great as Matthews is on the field, he is even more of a standup individual off of it. According to the young man, his mother has had a big role in helping him become the man he is today.
“My mom, she teaches me everything she has always been there for me and knows whats best for me and what not.”
One thing is certain, she has done a fantastic job of raising such an outstanding young man. Be sure to catch “Monster” on campus later this year where he will look to continue giving opposing quarterbacks nightmares.Follow on Social Media