Four-star guard Jonah Mathews commits to USC

USC added their third pledge of the 2016 recruiting class on Wednesday with the addition of Jonah Mathews.

2016 shooting guard Jonah Mathews verbally committed to USC late Wednesday evening, he told Scout. 

"I wanted to stay home," Mathews said. "Plus USC is in the Pac-12, they play a great schedule all year plus they can do a lot for me after basketball."

When did Mathews know USC was the spot for him?

"I think it happened a week ago," he said. "I was coming down to three schools. I had this thought to myself and I thought USC was the best program for me to go to out of the three schools."

Mathews, a 6-foot-3 guard out of Santa Monica (Calif.) High, took an official visit to USC the weekend of September 19th. He also took official visits to his other two finalists -- Gonzaga and San Diego State.

The Trojans began recruiting Mathews when he was a sophomore and over the course of his high school career he built a strong relationship with USC assistant Jason Hart. 

"Ever since I was a sophomore coach Hart has been recruiting me," Mathews said. "But it really picked up around I would say the summer of my junior year. They stayed the course. What I really liked about them they didn’t put down any of the other schools. They sold me on their school."

"Ever since my sophomore year he’s been good," he continued about Hart. "We’ve had a connection and a strong one. It wasn’t one of those weird connections, where I wouldn’t want to take his calls. I would always pick up for him. It was a good relationship between us from the start."

Mathews said his parents and Enfield hit it off during his visit to the USC campus. 

"We talked a lot and he talked to my parents a lot," Mathews said. "They like him and I like him. He's a good guy and he's also a very good coach."

Mathews comes from a basketball family. His father -- Phil -- is currently the head coach at Riverside Community College, but also had stints at UCLA, Nebraska and San Francisco. Jonah's brother -- Jordan -- is a junior at California. 

"It helped me a lot," he said of his fathers experience. "My dad has had deep skin in the game for 45 years. He told me what to hear and what to expect and what to not to expect. He helped me with everything, just like he did with my brother."

Mathews is regarded as the No. 11 shooting guard and the No. 72 overall prospect in the 2016 recruiting class. 

USC now has a trio of pledges in their 2016 class. Mathews joins four-star guard De'Anthony Melton and Texas native Harrison Henderson to make up their current class. 

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