Cedartown players stand out at FSU football camp
Kobe Pryor brings the thunder at Cedartown High.
Tony Mathis brings the lightning.
The two running backs from north Georgia made the trip down to Tallahassee on Sunday for the running back/ linebacker portion of Florida State’s Football Camp. It took all of 15 minutes once individual drills began to realize that the two members of the Cedartown duo were arguably the top backs at the camp.
“[FSU coaches] couldn’t believe we were in the same backfield,” Mathis told Noles247.
Mathis (5-11, 195) is a rising senior. He’s rated as the No. 68 running back in the 2019 recruiting class based on the 247Sports Composite system, and is the No. 1,038 overall prospect. He holds offers from Louisville, West Virginia, Wake Forest and others. He totaled 1,935 all-purpose yards last season (1,035 rushing yards, 456 receiving yards) while adding 444 yards on kickoff 28 total touchdowns.
His strength, as you’ll see below, is his agility. Mathis can effortlessly cut and weave through traffic, setting up This was on display during the FSU camp, as he thrived when working in space as a receiver.
“I think I can stop on a dime very well,” Mathis said. “I can force missed tackles.”
Pryor (6-0, 200) provides the power.
He’s a bruising runner with a polished style for an underclassman, displaying excellent balance and strength while highlights. As a rising junior, Pryor already has listed offers from West Virginia, Purdue, and several Group of Five programs. With the frame to continue adding muscle, Pryor has the upside to emerge as one of the region’s top backs by the time he’s a senior. He ran for 515 yards as sophomore and totaled 4 touchdowns while also recording 76 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and 6 sacks on defense.
“My power. My vision,” Pryor said when asked what he does best.
Together, Mathis and Pryor complement each other to form one of the most formidable rushing attacks in Georgia, helping guide Cedartown to an 11-2 record last year. Only six teams in the AAAA classi than Cedartown, which leaned heavily on its run game.
reps sometimes, but we work real good together,” Pryor said.
Both players enjoyed their time at FSU. For Mathis, he’d been researching FSU’s campus every couple days leading up to the camp while Pryor has been waiting to see the university in person after regularly watching Seminoles games on T.V.
Mathis said that FSU running backs coach Donte’ Pimpleton told him that he’d “be in touch” with the duo. Pryor expected to meet with coaches following the camp.
FSU has been selective in establishing its running back board among the Class of 2019 so far (11 listed backs with scholarship offers), while 10 offers have already gone out to backs in the Class of 2020. Running back is arguably the deepest position on the team, with five former four-star recruits already on the roster (including sophomore Cam Akers and redshirt freshman Khalan Laborn, both