"I like Ohio State because it's close to home and they produce some good linebackers," Mathis said. "The coaches there have told me that I could probably start by my sophomore year. I'm very excited for my official visit there this weekend because I've never been there before."
Mathis is ranked as the nation's No. 21 LB and as Pennsylvania's fifth-best prospect overall by Scout.com.
He admits that Tennessee (Dec. 10 visit) and Michigan State (Nov. 6 visit) lead slightly over Ohio State, Florida and Iowa. The Gators have not offered.
"Tennessee and Michigan State are both tied as my No. 1 school, and Ohio State is my No. 2 school," says Mathis, from Cathedral Prep.
"I like the coaching staff at Tennessee and the players on that team. Coach (Jimmy Ray) Stephens (OLs) is a great coach. I like how they always play their young LBs and stuff, and they're not afraid to do it if they can prove themselves.
"Michigan State also has a great coach in (Steve) Stripling (DLs). They've got a MLB, Ronald Stanley, who'll be leaving, so I might have a chance to play there early. They've got a young team and I like that. It gives them room for some development and gaining a good team record.
"Florida's coach, (Mike) Locksley (RBs), will be coming to my school. I think that it's hard that coach (Ron) Zook got fired, so I'm somewhat hesitant on them. I did hear that the head coach of the Cleveland Browns (Butch Davis) might end up coaching there. I'd be kind of excited if that were the case because he's coached in the pros."
Other offers for Mathis include Syracuse, Penn State, Maryland, Pittsburgh and West Virginia. Mathis will also officially visit Iowa and Florida.
As a junior, Mathis had 88 tackles, 2-1/2 sacks and two caused fumbles. This year, his team was 5-5 and he had 85 tackles, 24 TFLs, three sacks, three fumbles caused and two fumbles recovered.
He holds a 3.0 GPA, but must improve on a 790 on the SAT.
"I'm pretty confident that I'm going to pass the SAT the next time I take it," Mathis said.