Mathis Pulls The Trigger

The Texas A&M coaching staff needed some experienced help for the interior defensive line in 2010 and they apparently found their man. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop spoke to Jonathan Mathis about his verbal pledge to DL coach Buddy Wyatt this morning to sign and play for the Aggies in 2010.

With a month and a half left until national signing day, it appears that the Texas A&M coaching staff has just about wrapped up its 2010 class after landing commitment No. 23 this morning when Blinn College sophomore defensive tackle Jonathan Mathis called Coach Buddy Wyatt (DL coach) and pulled the proverbial trigger. Just last week, he told Aggie Websider's David Sandhop that he wanted to take a visit to Arizona and continue the process. However, after talking to his mother and sleeping on it, Mathis woke up and decided the time was right for a decision.

"I called Coach Wyatt this morning and committed," Mathis said. "He was on his way to the bowl game so we didn't talk long, but he said was excited and that I made his day."

The 6-foot-3, 292 pound interior lineman expanded on his reasons for choosing the Aggies to continue his collegiate career after winning a national championship with the Blinn Buccaneers in 2009.

"I chose A&M for several reasons. It's close to home and my family in Houston," Mathis said. "Texas A&M has a great football tradition and the alumni are very supportive. I also liked the academic support facilities. The team is turning it around and I think I can help."

The Houston native is scheduled to graduate in May and will then move to College Station to prepare for the 2010 season. In the meantime, he plans to workout at Blinn and get himself ready for the ransition to D-1 football.

"The coaches at Blinn encourage all the sophomores to workout with the team and use the facilities," Mathis said. "So I'll be going to school and working out at Blinn in the spring."

Mathis picked the Aggies over Texas Tech and Arizona. While he hasn't had the opportunity to talk to the coaches from the other schools regarding his decision, he indicated that his commitment ends his recruiting process.

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