2008 Intro: Donald Mathis

Detroit Crockett had one of the more impressive lines you will ever see on a high school team last year. With three players in the 290-lb range and a couple of talented underclassmen, Crockett regularly controlled the trenches. Anchoring that unit was center Donald Mathis.

”No one really lined up over me,” Donald Mathis said. "It was fun playing on a great line, we had a great season.”

At 6-3, 290 lbs, Mathis has the ideal build for a center. He did see time at guard as well, which shows his versatility. That said, the pivot appears to be where he’ll stay.

”Colleges haven’t said too much about that yet,” Mathis said regarding his position. “My coach tells me I’ll probably stay at center unless I grow to 6’4 or 6’5.”

With big defensive tackle Michael Booker graduating, the door may be open for Mathis to try his hand at the other side of the ball as well.

”I didn’t play any defense last year, but I want to try it this year,” he said.

Mathis will be headed to the NIKE combines this month, starting with Cleveland on March 25th in hopes of catching the eye of recruiters. The three schools he hears the most from are Michigan, Notre Dame and Purdue, but he also hears from several MAC schools.

”I visited Central Michigan,” Mathis reported. “I’ve visited Michigan and Notre Dame too.”

Mathis also plans to visit Purdue during the summer, although he is reluctant to name a favorite at this point in time. He also still maintains contact with former teammate Brandon Graham, now at Michigan and the Wolverines’ staff has been contacting his more and more.

”Michigan talks to me and sends me stuff,” he said. “They’re at least showing a little interest.”

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