A native of the Dominican Republic, Matias developed into a top football recruit out of New Jersey and made an instant impact in Tallahassee. He played sparingly as a true freshman but became a full-time starter as a sophomore and started every game the rest of his career -- 41 consecutive starts.
Matias' primary experience lies at left guard. He also has some experience at offensive tackle and the size and athleticism to warrant development there, should his NFL team need help on the perimeter.
STRENGTHS: Sets up quickly off the snap with smooth reflexes and the fast reactions to mirror rushers in pass protection. Quick to shoot his hands and engage defenders, staying balanced and shifting his weight well in his movements. Naturally wide base with a flexible lower body and the frame to engulf defenders, using his length well. He keeps his head on a swivel with good eye use to pick up multiple rushers and there simply isn't much that appears to surprise him.
WEAKNESSES: Reliable in pass protection but needs work as a run blocker. Inconsistent hand placement and technique. He doesn't have brute power to manhandle interior rushers and has room to improve his core strength for the next level. Has a bad habit of lunging and overextending himself at the waist, attempting to make first contact off the snap.
08/04/2014 - 2014 PRESEASON OUTLAND TROPHY AWARD WATCH LIST: G Josue Matias, Florida State...Junior left guard started all 14 games this season and 29 consecutive contests dating back to the 2011 Champs Sports Bowl...produced the top offensive line grade in three games, including against Wake Forest (88), Miami (86), and Nevada (89), when the Noles ran for a season-high 377 yards against the Wolf Pack...his average grade of 78.5 percent ranked third on the team... the Noles set FSU and ACC records for single-season total offense (7,267 yards), points per game (51.6) and yards per play (7.67) and the national record for points (723)...the Noles led the country with 94 touchdowns...FSU set the ACC and school records for total touchdowns (94), passing touchdowns (42) and the school record for rushing touchdowns (42). - Florida State football