Mathias racking up offers

For Dakota Mathias it has been a big junior year and now offers are coming in.

Shooting guard Dakota Mathias out of Elida (Ohio) is really making a name for himself as a junior. The 6-foot-4 Mathias has grown from a mid-major prospect to someone firmly on the high-major radar, and numerous schools have come forward and offered a scholarship.

Always known as someone who could really make shots, Mathias feels a new aspect of his game has really opened the eyes of college coaches this season.

"I think one of the big things the coaches notice is my passing," said Mathias. "I am playing point guard a lot more this year than I thought I would. I think the passing ability I have shown is one of the things they have noticed and liked, and it is something that has grown in my game the last few years."

When it comes to his recruitment, Mathias has a long list of offers with a few other schools beginning to pick up the attention.

"I have offers from Akron, Miami, Ohio, Belmont, Toledo, Dayton, West Virginia, Boston College, and Purdue," noted Mathias. "Also I have talked to Butler and Xavier recently."

The Purdue Boilermakers have been very active recently pursuing Mathias, and he was honored to get an offer from the school.

"It was exciting because the Big Ten is the best conference in the country, and for a school like them to be interested and offer is really exciting," said Mathias.

West Virginia was the first high-major school to offer, and Bob Huggins and his staff have made sure to make Mathias a priority recruit.

"I went to their game against Kansas a couple of weeks ago, and I got to sit down and talk to Coach Huggins who is a real nice guy and obviously one of the best coaches in the country," said Mathias of the Mountaineers. "It was just really exciting and fun."

Another school that has received an unofficial visit is Butler, and the Bulldogs are definitely an intriguing option for Mathias.

"They have recently been to two national championships, and they have really made a name for themselves," said Mathias. "For them to come down and show interest it has been really exciting. I really like the way they play and Coach (Brad) Stevens is a really good young coach. They are up there for sure. I went to a game a few weeks ago and got to see Hinkle Fieldhouse which was cool."

For now Mathias is in no rush to make a decision, but the junior prospect does know what he looks for in a school.

"When I go to the schools I really like to interact with the coaches and some of the players to see what they are like and if I can relate to them," explained Mathias. "Basketball wise I look at style of play and see how I would fit in that way."

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