At 6-foot-6 and 225 pounds with the ability to stretch the field or play at the line of scrimmage, Jacob Mathis has become one of the most highly recruited tight ends in the country. On Saturday he showed his ability to play in space and had a good time doing so, even if he understated his ability on the field when talking about it.
“I am just enjoying it being out here with everyone and staying involved,” Mathis said after the qualifying part of the tournament was finished. “I have been really consistent, not dropping any balls and catching whatever comes my way. Just being around other athletes, seeing where you are at and going against the best. I am doing pretty well, so I would say it’s alright.”
The fact he got to play opposite another one of the nation’s best tight ends in IMG Academy’s Isaac Nauta is something he relishes and they have a good time picking a part teams for Team Tampa.
“It’s awesome,” he said of the things they can do with the two of them on the field at the same time. “He is one of my boys. It’s fun to get out there and catch some balls and kind of dominate a little bit.”
Not one to talk much about the recruiting process, Mathis is in no rush to make any kind of decision on his future.
“I am kind of just letting it happen, letting my high school coach kind of figure it out,” he said. “I am wide open. I am going to figure out a list of schools sometime after spring football.”
The Florida Gators are in the mix and he knows the Gators are serious about wanting him. He stopped in Gainesville in the last month to check things out.
“I visited in the spring but didn’t go to the spring game,” he said. “They showed me the locker room and it gave me a chance to talk to the new staff. That kind of let me know what they saw happening and what their vision was for Florida.”
Tight end coach Greg Nord is just one of the coaches recruiting Mathis to Florida. Area recruiter Chris Rumph and head coach Jim McElwain are all putting on the full court press letting him know they really value him as a person and a prospect.
“I talk to Coach Nord a good amount,” Mathis said. “He is nice and a cool guy to be around, definitely a guy I like. Coach Rumph and Coach Mac talk to me every so often. They tell me that I will fit great and they think I will come in and make an impact.”In the end, Mathis is looking for non-football things in a program. He wants to go to a school that just feels comfortable.
“I just want a place that I would go if I didn’t play football.,” he said.