Mathis Visits A&M;Prepares For National Title

With Texas A&M already sitting on 20 commitments and only three spots left in the 2010 recruiting class, the coaching staff is focused on filling some immediate needs. One area that needs some quick reinforcements is the defensive line where depth and losses to graduation are a concern for the 2010 season. Thus, the Aggies are looking at the JUCO ranks for some high impact transfers.

With Texas A&M already sitting on 20 commitments and only three spots left in the 2010 recruiting class, the coaching staff is focused on filling some immediate needs. One area that needs some quick reinforcements is the defensive line where depth and losses to graduation are a concern for the 2010 season. Thus, the Aggies are looking at the JUCO ranks for some high impact transfers. When the No. 2 JUCO team in the country is just 30 miles down the road, that's a pretty good place to start, and the staff believes 6-foot-3, 292-pound Jonathan Mathis is that difference maker.

"Texas A&M has recruited me pretty hard the last month," Mathis said. "They recently offered me along with Arizona, Baylor, and Texas Tech."

Mathis has returned the Aggies' interest and he took his first trip to a game at Kyle Field on Thanksgiving when he made the drive over to watch Texas A&M and Texas battle in the state's premiere rivalry game. The experience earned high marks.

"It was great. Everybody was nice and I had a good time," Mathis said. "The atmosphere was crazy. I'd give it a 10. It was more than I expected."

Mathis also liked what he saw from the Aggies on the field as they battled toe-to-toe with the No. 2 ranked Longhorns. While he was most impressed with the play on the offensive side of the ball, he liked the attitude he saw from the defense as well.

"That quarterback and running back were outstanding. Their offense is pretty good," Mathis said. "But I thought the defense got after it and the linemen were aggressive and doing their thing. I was impressed with how they played overall."

Mathis arrived in College Station late, so he didn't get a chance to speak with the coaches before the game, but he's expecting the staff to call him this week to discuss his situation.

"A&M is definitely up there on my list, but I still have some visits to take and so I'll wait a little bit before I make a decision," Mathis said. "My top three right now are Texas A&M, Arizona, and Texas Tech."

There seems to be some confusion on his official dates. While some sources are reporting that he will be back in College Station on December 12 for a visit, Mathis told Aggie Websider's David Sandhop that he thought his plans were to visit the Arizona Wildcats that weekend.

"As far as I know I'm going to Arizona on December 12. My coach is handling all of the details but I think that's right," Mathis said. "I'll probably take that visit and then take my last visit after the holidays. I'll make a decision after that."

Mathis previously visited Texas Tech in November. But recruiting isn't the only thing on the blue chip defensive lineman's mind. He'll be competing for a national championship this weekend as the Blinn Buccaneers travel to Pittsburg, Kansas to face Fort Scott (KS) Community College for the ultimate title in the junior college ranks.

"We're getting ready," Mathis said. " We want this bad. We're hungry. We came here to win a national title and it's all on the line. This is what you play for all year."


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