"It went really well," Mathis said. "I really liked the players and coaches I talked with down there. They were all pretty cool."
Mathis was hosted on his visit by OSU freshman defensive end Vernon Gholston.
When asked if OSU pushed him to commit, Mathis said, "They did a little. They said Ohio State would be the perfect place for me. I just felt very comfortable down there."
But Mathis is still planning to look around. He visited Michigan State in November and will see Tennessee this weekend, Iowa Dec. 17 and Florida Jan. 7.
"I like Ohio State because it's close to home and they produce some good linebackers," Mathis said.
Mathis is ranked as the nation's No. 21 LB and as Pennsylvania's fifth-best prospect overall by Scout.com.
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.
"Andre is a physical specimen. I wish he was maybe an inch taller but he's about 6-2, 230 and he's serious about the weight room," said Cathedral Preparatory School head coach Mike Mischler. "I think he can play anywhere, on offense or defense. A lot of schools are looking at him as a middle backer but some are looking at him for other spots, like fullback or tight end. But I think, for the most part, they're going to recruit him as a backer because he moves so well."
He holds a 3.0 GPA, but must improve on a 790 on the SAT.