Mathis was a talked about prospect since even his middle school days and even had a couple of offers before entering high school. He spent his freshman season at Belleville where he saw some time behind a senior starter, but transferred to Oak Park as a sophomore and was the full-time starter for the Knights, leading them to playoff appearance.
Mathis is a very good athlete. He is a tall kid who is going to keep filling in. He has a good arm and can drive the ball down the field and gets the ball out quickly on short to intermediate routes with enough zip to make all the necessary throws on the field. He throws a beautiful deep ball and can put touch on his passes when necessary. He must continue to polish his passing skills as far as consistency and also timing, but his arm talent is not in question. He is athletic and can make plays with his feet and run zone-read.
It would not have been a surprise to see Mathis receive many more offers this summer and fall. However, he found a place that he and his family said felt like family to them and committed. He is a great early get for the Cyclones. He is still young and developing, but his upside is considerable and he fits their style of offense.