One week after visiting Ohio State officially, Andre Mathis was once again visiting the campus of a top tier program. This time, it was Tennessee's turn to try and make their impact on the Erie (Cathedral Prep), Pa. linebacker.
Bucknuts spoke with Mathis while he was in the airport awaiting his flight home on Sunday afternoon. He updated us on the visits.
"The visit went good," Mathis said from the terminal. "I'm on my way home right now."
The 6-2 225-pound linebacker is ranked as the nation's No. 21 at his position and he's the fifth-best overall prospect in the state of Pennsylvania.
Mathis said he met with academic advisors and saw some of the facilities, met the coaches and many of the players, and also visited Neyland Stadium. He was asked to compare this visit to last weekend at Ohio State.
"It's about pretty even," Mathis said of the two schools. "They were very similar. I liked them both."
And does Mathis come away with a leader after his final visit?
"Not yet," he added.
However, it won't be long for Mathis. He will make his decision known on December 15th -- this upcoming Wednesday.
Although Mathis is unsure if he will have a press conference or any sort of formal gathering -- as opposed to just calling to inform the coaches involved, he does know what teams he will consider.
It's going to come down to the four schools he visited as to where he commits.
"Iowa, Michigan State, Tennessee, and Ohio State," Mathis said. "Those are my four."
Mathis, above all else, enjoyed the interaction on the visits in general. He said the people he met and talked to were great all across the board.
"Just getting to talk to the coaches and players-that was real cool," Mathis described of his visits. "Everyone was real nice and polite."
But one particular person stood out more than others. On his visits to Ohio State and Tennessee, Mathis found himself hanging out with another recruit quite often.
"The recruit, Rico McCoy," Mathis said. "I got to know him pretty well, and talked to him a lot on my visits."
McCoy, another one of the best linebackers in the country from Washington D.C., also plans to choose from a couple of the same schools. Mathis shed some light.
"He said it would come down to Tennessee and Ohio State," Mathis recalled. "It would be fun to play alongside him."
Mathis said he was going to probably talk to McCoy one more time before making his decision this week. He said McCoy could have an impact on his decision.
"Most definitely," Mathis acknowledged. "I want to talk to him to see what he thinks."
In a few days, everyone will know what Mathis thinks.