Mathis Sets A&M Official Visit

Blinn College in Brenham (TX) had the number one JUCO football program in the nation for eight weeks to start the season. That was until number two ranked Navarro in Corsicana (TX) upended the Bucs 23-20 in the final game of the regular season to ascend to the top spot as the playoffs began.

Blinn College in Brenham (TX) had the number one JUCO football program in the nation for eight weeks to start the season. That was until number two ranked Navarro in Corsicana (TX) upended the Bucs 23-20 in the final game of the regular season to ascend to the top spot as the playoffs began. Of course, two weeks later Blinn and Navarro would revive this hotly contested rivalry and Blinn survived a wild 45-34 shootout to advance to the junior college national championship game in Kansas.

One of many reasons why Blinn is poised for another national championship is the emergence of sophomore Jonathan Mathis at defensive tackle. The 6-foot-3, 292-pound playmaker is catching the eyes of many division I college coaches.

"I have offers from Baylor, Arizona, Houston, and Texas Tech," Mathis said. "Texas A&M has started recruiting me and they said they will offer when I take my official visit there next week."

According to Mathis, his quick first step is his biggest asset on the field along with ability to use his hands to gain separation from his blocker on the other side of the trenches.

"What makes me a good lineman is my first step and my speed to swarm to the ball," Mathis said. "I also think I have good technique and strength, especially how I use my hands for leverage to gain separation from my opponent that frees me up to pursue the ball."

Mathis, who played his high school football at Spring Westfield just north of Houston, has not taken any official visits yet but that will change as the Buccaneers are idle until the national championship game on December 6. His only scheduled visit at the moment is to Texas A&M, but he has an idea of which schools he wants to visit.

"I think I'm going to the A&M-Texas game on Thanksgiving for my official visit," Mathis said. "I also want to visit Baylor and Texas Tech. I don't have anything scheduled to those schools yet, so it will probably be after our game in Kansas."

Mathis indicated that he has no favorites at the moment and knows very little about Texas A&M and the other schools, but he does know what he's looking for in the recruiting process.

"I know Texas A&M has pretty good academics, but I don't know much about the football programs," Mathis said. "My main factor in choosing a school will be playing time and where I can go and help out the most. Being from Houston, I'd like to stay close to him and my family, but it's not that big of a deal to me. I need to go where there's a good fit for me."

In the meantime, Mathis and his Blinn teammates are preparing for the national championship game in Pittsburg, Kansas. The Bucs will have to get past another national number one team for the title when they play undefeated Fort Scott (KS)Community College, who took over the top spot this week after Navarro's loss to Blinn.


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