Cedar­town play­ers stand out at FSU foot­ball camp

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL SPORTS - By Bren­dan Son­none 247sports.com

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

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