Mathis Preparing For Aggieland

With several offseason injuries and the questionable status of projected starting defensive end Adren Dorsey, Aggie fans are wondering where the defensive beef upfront will come from in September. One option sure to make an impact is Jonathan Mathis, a defensive line standout on the national champion Blinn Buccaneers and a JUCO signee in the Texas A&M 2010 recruiting class.

Coming out of spring practice, the Texas Aggie football team looks to be improved across the board with so many young players returning in 2010. However, questions still remain at one key position – defensive line. With several offseason injuries and the questionable status of projected starting defensive end Adren Dorsey, Aggie fans are wondering where the defensive beef upfront will come from in September.

One option sure to make an impact is Jonathan Mathis, a defensive line standout on the national champion Blinn Buccaneers and a JUCO signee in the Texas A&M 2010 recruiting class. Mathis stays in close contact with his future line coach Terrell Williams and is preparing to hit the ground running when he arrives in Aggieland this summer.

"Coach Williams wants me to come to camp in shape at about 295 pounds," said the 6-foot-2.5 defensive prospect. "I've been lifting weights and doing a lot of running this spring and I'm up to 290 pounds. I plan to be down there for the first summer session to take some classes and work out with the team."

Given his size and the Aggies' change to a 3-4 base defense, there's a question whether Mathis will work inside at the nose tackle spot, or stay outside at one of the two end spots. Mathis quickly answered that question.

"They want me at defensive end," Mathis said. "Coach Williams has been talking to me about adding new moves to my pass rushing technique. I need to work on my quickness and learn all the schemes and plays."

Mathis even made the 40 minute drive from Brenham to attend a spring practice and get a better understanding of what will be expected of him once he hits the practice fields.

"I thought the defensive line has some good athletes and I liked their energy level," Mathis said. "I liked the fact that they do a lot of the same things we practice at Blinn. They do the Aggie drill and we do something just like it at Blinn. I think I'll pick up things quickly when I get there."

Mathis is also looking forward to stepping foot onto Kyle Field for the first time in front of 80,000 Aggie fans. He got a taste of the special atmosphere at the revered stadium last November when he attended the Texas A&M-Texas rivalry game on Thanksgiving night.

"It's going to be nice. I can't wait to experience it from the field," Mathis said. "I was there for the Texas game and it was loud. It was electric. It's something I think about all the time."

Mathis has one more month until he graduates from Blinn. He said he grades are fine and he'll have no problems with his academic transcript. He's on schedule to be in College Station in early June registered and enrolled in his new school – Texas A&M.


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