Thomasville LB is drawing attention

Mario Mathis is a 2013 linebacker out of Thomasville, Ga. that is drawing early attention. He has visited a few schools already and he talks about those trips and more here.

Mario Mathis is a 6-foot-1, 222 pound linebacker that has been timed in the 40 yard dash at 4.65 seconds. He has the size and speed that has attracted top programs his way already.

Clemson, Florida State, and Georgia invited him onto their campuses in 2011 and he talks about those trips.

Clemson: "My brother (Jake Fletcher) plays baseball at Clemson. I am friends with Brandon Thompson (Clemson defensive tackle) who played at Thomasville High School. My dad, a friend and I went to Clemson on April 30. We toured the facilities with Wes Goodwin, a graduate assistant. Most of the coaches were gone recruiting. We did meet coach Steele (Linebacker coach). He seemed to be very focused on his job and interested to get me to their camp. He spoke of living in Tallahassee near Thomasville. Brandon and Jake are very happy at Clemson and we visit there often and love the campus."

Florida State: "I grew up a big FSU fan. Coach Marsh took me and a couple of other players to watch practice on April 4. I met Mr. Lacivita (player personnel) and he took interest in helping me to visit again and invited me and my dad to the spring game on April 16. On that day, I went on a tour, got measured, watched part of the FSU/SC Chick-Fil-A game, and listened to an introduction of all the coaches and support staff. We met Coach Haggins (Linebackers), who played high school football with Coach Marsh. I went to a meeting with the other linebacker recruits with Coach Hudson. We were able to go on the field during warm ups for the game, watch the game from the stands and went to the locker room after the game. Last, we met Coach Hudson in his office and discussed him coming to see me at spring practice. Being an FSU fan my whole life, I was glad to go behind the scenes and was not disappointed. Coaches seemed to have a great sense of humor. Everyone seemed to work very hard (Coaches, players and support staff). Coach Hudson visited THS on May 2 to check on me."

Georgia: "Coach Bobo invited us. My dad and I visited. We went to team meetings (special teams, defensive and linebacker). We toured the facilities and met the assistant coaches. We went to the scrimmage, were able to go on the field, and met Coach Richt. Then, we ate a meal with the coaches and other recruits. Coach Bobo graduated from Thomasville High School and my mom was his math teacher. I really like the style and knowledge that the defensive coaches seemed to have. The coaches seemed to care about the players, which is important to me."

Alabama, South Alabama, and South Carolina are some other schools showing interest in Mathis at this time.

This rising junior has liked all he has seen to this pointy and will continue to take visits and explore what schools have to offer.

"I was very impressed by the schools I have visited so far," he said. "They all have first class facilities, coaches and traditions. I am open to all these schools at this time."

Chad Simmons started out with Scout in 2003 covering top talent in Georgia and other areas in the South. He then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become Southeast Recruiting Manager.
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