"Schools are still coming now, they're coming harder than they were before," Mathis said. "A lot of schools are telling me to come visit. I'm not going to say schools and put them out there like that."
Despite that continued interest, Mathis remains loyal to the Cyclones, who were one of the first schools to offer him a scholarship.
"I tell [other schools] I'm fully committed," he said. "In my mind, I look at it as, how come they weren't around when I wasn't committed? Why come around now?"
At the time of his commitment, Mathis held additional offers from Kentucky, Cincinnati and several schools in the MAC. With two years left to get recruited and a ton of talent and upside in a 6-foot-5 frame, more offers were expected to come his way.
Rather than wait on those, he chose to commit to a school that made him a priority, and that became apparent to him on a visit to Ames.
"I'd probably say the family feel was a big reason [I committed]. It feels like another home. I can go far away and be appreciated by the university for what I can do at the university and turn it around."
He also sees the Cyclone offense as a perfect fit for his diverse abilities.
"They said a lot of quarterback runs, maybe about 20 times a game, passing 60 times a game because it's the Big 12 and you need to score points to win games."