Indiana regains some of the depth lost by the graduation of some of their defensive backs by signing Jacksonville, FL safety Devon Matthews.
From Ribault High School to #IUFB, Welcome Home, @dmatt_5! #LEO pic.twitter.com/p6JMH1gr6t— Indiana Football (@HoosierFootball) December 20, 2017
Matthews is a 3-star safety from Ribault High School. He originally committed to play for the USF Bulls in July, but decommitted in November. He came to Bloomington for an official visit on December 1 and committed to play for the Hoosiers just 10 days later. He also had offers from Cincinnati, who he visited on Dec 9, Illinois, Mississippi State, and Missouri among others.
The 6’2”, 182-pound safety was ranked 140th among prospects in Florida and 69th (nice) among safeties nationwide. He helped Ribault to an 8-4 record on the gridiron this season as both a safety and wide receiver and he also plays point guard for the basketball team.
With players like Tony Fields and Chase Dutra graduating, Indiana will be looking for players to fill their roles within the team, and even if it isn’t Matthews that gets the playing time the Hoosiers will still need depth in the back end of their defense.
Here are the highlights of Matthews’ junior and senior seasons: