A 6-1, 221-pound outside linebacker prospect for the 2013 signing class, Mathis made the long drive with his parents to Prattville, Ala., on Saturday for the most recent MVP?Camp. The talented prospect didn't waste his time as he showed quickness and intensity in the drills at the event.
When he headed home it was clear he is a prospect to watch.
"I went out there to compete, have fun and make friends," Mathis says, noting that he believes he succeeded on all three fronts.
Mario Mathis is shown in a drill at the Prattville MVP Camp.
At an earlier MVP Camp in Atlanta the sophomore also performed well.
Mathis notes he has played football for five years. That experience along with his athletic ability helps explain why he was able to start as a sophomore for Thomasville High and why college coaches are becoming interested in learning more about the linebacker.
Mathis says he has already received recruiting letters from South Carolina, Georgia and Florida State. Located not far from FSU's home in Tallahassee, Mathis says he grew up following the Seminoles. However, he is certainly interested in other colleges, including the 2010 national champion Auburn Tigers.
Mathis and his parents note that they plan to get in touch with Ted Roof this week, who is Auburn's linebacker coach and defensive coordinator.
Playing the strongside linebacker spot in a 4-3 defensive front, Mathis says "blitzing" is his strength and based on the quickness he showed in drills at the Prattville MVP?Camp that makes sense.
Mathis participates in a linebacker drill.
Asked what he is concentrating on this season as he prepares for spring practice that starts on May 5th, he says, "I am working on improving my technique at linebacker."
Mathis notes that he is making good grades in school and is interested in sports medicine as a course of study in college, although that is several years down the road. He doesn't have any scholarship offers yet, but he is likely to have plenty to chose from long before he graduates from high school.