Mathis Gives A&M Visit High Marks

After securing a NJCAA national championship last week for Blinn College, 6-foot-3, 292-pound defensive tackle Jonathan Mathis was back on the recruiting trail visiting Texas A&M this past weekend. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop spoke to Mathis about his trip upon his return Sunday afternoon.

After securing a NJCAA national championship last week for Blinn College, 6-foot-3, 292-pound defensive tackle Jonathan Mathis was back on the recruiting trail visiting Texas A&M this past weekend. Having taken one previous official visit to Texas Tech, Mathis made the 40 minute drive with his mom from Brenham to College Station for his second official visit. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop spoke to Mathis about his trip upon his return Sunday afternoon.

"It was nice. I really liked the facilities, especially the Bright Complex," Mathis said. "I liked the set-up. Everything is close together…locker rooms, trainers, study hall, meeting rooms. It's all there."

The blue chip defensive lineman not only liked the facilities, but he was very complimentary of the players. He specifically talked about his official player host, senior Matt Featherston.

"It was really cool. All of the players were friendly and nice. Matt was my host," Mathis said. "He said A&M was a great school and he enjoyed it there, but he didn't pressure me or anything. He said at the end of the day it was my decision and I liked that."

Mathis and the other recruits in town for the big visit weekend had a chance to watch the team prepare for the upcoming Independence Bowl against the Georgia Bulldogs. The Houston area native spent a lot of time with coach Buddy Wyatt and the defensive line unit on Saturday.

"It was a good, spirited practice," Mathis said. "I picked up on their schemes right away. We run similar sets at Blinn. If I go to A&M, I know I'll be comfortable picking up the defense and my assignments."

The JUCO impact recruit concluded his visit on Sunday when he and his mother met with Coach Sherman in his office. The conversation focused on his development as a player and the value of getting a degree from Texas A&M.

"Coach Sherman explained to me and my mom about the program and how they have experienced NFL and college coaches that develop me into a dominant player," Mathis said. "He talked about how valuable an Aggie degree was in Texas and all the connections with the alumni."

Mathis also talked about their discussion about his scholarship offer and what he told Coach Sherman about his status upon leaving Sunday.

"He said they really needed me on the team next year but I wasn't ready to commit," Mathis said. "He told me they had one spot left at defensive line and they would wait on me a little bit. We really didn't talk about timetables or when I had to let him know something. I told him I was planning on taking a trip to Arizona."

Going into the A&M visit, Mathis listed three finalists – Texas Tech, Texas A&M, and Arizona. In an interview with Aggie Websider last week, the Blinn product indicated that Texas Tech was the leader for his services. Did the trip to College Station change his leaderboard?

"The visit brought up Texas A&M. It's a good school and I liked the players and coaches," Mathis said. "Right now, I'm not sure. I want to take my Arizona visit (January) and go from there. Texas Tech is probably my leader by a little bit but I really don't know right now. I need to think things through and figure out where I need to be."


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