Miami Prospect Profile: DE Joe Mathis

Let's take a closer look at the prospects for Miami's 2013 recruiting class. Today, we look at defensive end Joe Mathis.

Joe Mathis -- Upland, Calif.

Scout Ranking: 4-star and No. 13 DE

Measurables: 6-foot-4 and 255 pounds

2011 Stats: Mathis finished his junior season with 80 tackles, eight sacks and two forced fumbles. He also carried the ball three times for 50 yards and a touchdown from the fullback spot.

What they're saying: Mathis is a high energy player coming off the edge and has the kind of frame that could even bulk up in to a tackle down the road. He's very strong, and his closing speed is as good as you'll see at this level. He pursues to the football very well and his backside support is so good that it's tough to run away from him. -- Brandon Huffman/

Recruiting Status: "My top ten is Alabama, USC, UCLA, Washington, Arizona State, Texas A&M, Tennessee, Nebraska, Michigan and Miami," said Mathis. "They're all even at this point. Before the season, I'm sure I'll have a top five but it could be a top seven if USC and UCLA are in it. I won't visit USC or UCLA officially, but if I still like them, then it will be a top seven, and the other five will be the ones I visit."

What he's saying about Miami: "Miami offered me. It's a little far from home but I know they have a great program and they've put a lot of players into the NFL. They're one of the schools I'm still considering."

Miami angle: The Hurricanes will likely sign just one defensive end in the 2013 class and there's a good chance they will end up going outside the state to get him. They've offered a handful of players across the country at that position and Mathis is one of them. Mathis said a few days ago that Michigan, Nebraska, Texas A&M, and Arizona State will receive official visits. His fifth one is still up in the air. That doesn't even include USC and UCLA, schools he plans to visit unofficially. Miami's one of four schools competing for that last spot in his final seven heading into the season. Even if they're able to grab that last spot, and get him out here for an official visit, it seems like they're fighting an uphill battle. It will likely be tough for any schools to get him out of his home state for college. Still, he's a four-star player who is still considering the Canes so he's someone to keep an eye on.

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