Camp Hopping

Bryce Mathews out of Brentwood, Tenn., attended Ole Miss camp this week. We had a chance to talk to him about his experience and what is on tap next.

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Bryce Mathews has been to Oxford several times lately but this trip gave him a chance to work out with his position coach.

"I really spent a lot of time with coach (Matt) Luke," Mathews said after the camp was over. "I got coached by him to see what it would be like if he were my coach. He also helped me out with my game. He got me better and worked with my form and how I am blocking. He showed me some things I needed to work on like my lower body strength. It needs to improve a little bit and my punch. I could use some working on my punch as well."

What has stood out about Ole Miss so far through the recruiting process?

"I love the faith based program. Coach (Hugh) Freeze is kind of integrating Christ with the team. I think it is really neat. They are an up and coming program and have some great young players. I think they are going to make a statement this year."

Where does Ole Miss want to put Bryce?

"Coach sounds like he wants to keep me at tackle. Sounds like left. He has not really specified but I assume left. And with the uptempo offense it is something we run at my high school too. It would be something I fit in pretty nicely. We have a lot of the same calls and they use kind of the same reads we do."

What are his strengths at tackle?

"I think I am a pretty good pass blocker. I think that is my biggest strength. I probably need a little more improving in my run blocking but I'm improving."

Mathews will be watching to see how the Ole Miss coaches interact with their players this upcoming season.

"I would like to see how the coaches coach the players and what kind of reactions they get from them. Do they connect with their players or do they just scream at them and not care about them off the field? But it sounds like they really want to connect with their players and try and build a relationship with them on and off of the field."

Tennessee has also offered.

"They are another up and coming program. I think coach (Butch) Jones is doing a great job up there. He has done a really good job up there. I also like the OL coach they have up there too. He seems like a nice guy, coach (Don) Mahoney."

Bryce has also visited Tennessee several times in the past.

"They do have some nice facilities also. Their stadium is obviously known to be really big. A lot of fans pack it for every game. That's pretty neat."

Who else is heavily involved in the recruiting process?

"Vandy. I have been talking to them a lot. I have been talking to Georgia. They have been by the school and Auburn has been by. I have been talking to them a little bit as well too."

Where will the 6' 6", 270-pound tackle visit next?

"Those schools. Vandy, Tennessee, Georgia, Auburn and Alabama."

Bryce's father, Jason, played 11 years of pro ball with the Colts and Titans and is now the offensive line coach for the Tennessee Titans.

"It is nice because he is a very valuable resource because he has been through the process before. He is always there to kind of help me out. He is going to help me guide through this process and help me make my decision whenever that comes."

Yancy Porter is the Mississippi Scout for and he can be reached at

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