FSU returns four standouts on an ever-improving line that is now in need of a new starter at right tackle in the wake of Menelik Watson's early exit to the NFL Draft.
As part of an ongoing series of articles, get a glimpse of each member of FSU's 2013 signing class. Up next: offensive guard Ira Denson.
Seminoles.com's Brandon Mellor looks back at what each returning football player did in 2012 and looks ahead at what to expect from them when spring practices get started.
Wednesday a host of future Florida State football players will put pen to paper and officially join the FSU family. Here's a look at what their soon-to-be teammates were ranked when they were going through the recruiting process.
Florida State vs. Murray State
2013 SPRING OUTLOOK: Starting left guard who displays good agility and strength in helping hold down the interior of the line entering his second year as a starter. One of four starters returning from an offensive line that helped an FSU offense in 2012 go down in school history as the most productive ever racking up a school record 6,591 yards which surpassed the 2000 team for the most yards. An outstanding blocker who played a key role in FSU's resurgent running game, which averaged 205.9 yards a game and produced a single-season record 40 rushing touchdowns.
2012: True sophomore and first-year starter at left guard for all 13 games...an agile and relentless run-blocker as evidenced by his team-leading 31 knockdown blocks...had three or more knockdowns in seven games, including a season-high five against Murray State...posted a season-long grade of 79.1 percent, but was even more impressive down the stretch...graded out at 82 or better in each of the last six games, including a season-high 91 percent against Duke...will make his 15th consecutive start in Orange Bowl, which will be good for a share of the lead among offensive returnees in 2013.
2011: Fifth true freshman to see action on the offensive line making his first career start against Notre Dame in the Champs Sports Bowl...began the year working at offensive tackle but also picked up repetitions at the guard position...ended his season on a high note grading out at 84 percent from his left guard position - 85 on running plays; 83 on pass plays in the Champs Sports Bowl win against Notre Dame...played in seven games overall...earned 10 snaps at tackle against Maryland...played 22 snaps against Charleston Southern.
PERSONAL: One of New Jersey's finest prospects as a lineman because of his size and agility...a four-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com who missed his entire senior season as he recuperated from a leg injury...ranked the No. 25 offensive tackle nationally and No. 9 best player in the state of New Jersey...rated the No. 13 offensive tackle by ESPN, No. 27 offensive tackle by Scout.com and No. 18 offensive tackle by 247Sports...named First Team All-Hudson Area by the Star-Ledger as a junior in 2009...No. 12 on the SuperPrep New Jersey 35...maxes out at 350 pounds in the bench press...became the second touted offensive lineman from New Jersey that FSU landed in two of the last three years joining Daniel Foose...Matias selected Florida State over Rutgers from a lengthy list of additional options...born January 6, 1993.