Jerry Mathis took advantage of his opportunity to show the Georgia Tech coaches what he has to offer. "I did really well," said Mathis. "The coaches said they liked me and I feel they will be offering me once they evaluate all the players from the camp."
Jerry excelled in both the one-on-one drills and the testing portion of the camp. "I ran a 2.9 in the twenty yard dash, had a 30 inch vertical, and ran a 5.0 in the shuttle.
The teaching skills of Groh and McCollum impressed Mathis. "They're both real cool guys and I really like how they get down and teach you what they are trying to get across, said Mathis. "Their coaching style impressed me." Mathis left the camp with some new techniques that he'll be using
The Tech coaches like him on the defensive side of the ball. "I do like playing defense better and I think it's better suited for me." Mathis plays both sides of the ball for Rockdale County. "All the colleges seem to be recruiting me as a defensive end."
Mathis is getting interest from quite a few schools. "South Carolina is the one school that is recruiting me hard," said Mathis. "When I come to camp on Friday, if the line coach gives the green light to Coach Lorenzo, they will offer me." Duke, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan State, and Tennessee are other schools recruiting Mathis.
With possible offers from Georgia Tech and South Carolina, Mathis has one school that he favors. "Georgia Tech would move to the top because they have everything I'm looking for in a school, said Mathis. "Georgia Tech is a school I'd like to attend." Mathis has Tech as one his leaders even without an offer.
Besides traveling to Columbia, South Carolina for the camp on Friday, Mathis will be going to Athens for Georgia's camp on Saturday and then to Auburn on Sunday.
Mathis has a good idea of what he's looking for in choosing a school. "School tradition is important to me." The facilities are something he'll also want to see on his visits. "I like working out and that is a plus if they have good facilities." Mathis knows that getting a good degree is important if a career in the NFL isn't possible. "I'd also like to stay in state if possible." Playing time may also be something Mathis will consider. "I know that is something you can control by working hard and showing the coaches you belong on the field."