Mathis Focuses on the Pac-12

Kendrick Mathis, the 6-1, 185-pound safety prospect from Ventura (Calif.) Buena, has a scholarship offer from a WAC program, but he says he'd probably snap up an offer from any of three Pac-12 schools...

Kendrick Mathis, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound three-star safety from Buena High School in Ventura, Calif., grew up following Oregon and California, but neither have offered him yet.

"My mom's family is from Oregon and I'd always watch them," Mathis said. "They've been contacting me a lot and send a lot of mail. They invited me to their camp and we'll see what happens."

As for UCLA, Mathis has family connections with the Bruins. His uncle, Eric Turner (passed away in 2001), played superlative defensive back for the Bruins in the late 80's, and Turner's son (Eric Turner, Jr) is also a Bruin.

"I don't talk to Eric much," he admitted. "But he just says to focus on football and nothing else."

Mathis also has an aunt who plays soccer at UCLA.

"It's right down the road, which is great because I could come home anytime," he said. "I like how they run the defense and how they let the free safeties play.

"UCLA is in a great area and they've got good support there too," he said.

The only issue with the Bruins…"They aren't recruiting me," he said. "They were one of the first letters I got, but I haven't heard from them in a while."

Mathis, ranked as the No. 34 safety in the country by Scout.com, favors Oregon, California and UCLA solidly over Florida State, Boise State and Hawaii (offer).

"Hawaii is my only offer, so I'm definitely interested in them," he said. "I've got to go to school somewhere."

Mathis admits if either Oregon, UCLA or Cal offered him they'd be hard to say no to. "I'd probably commit," he said. "I really like the Pac-12. Otherwise I'd like to take it slow and take all my visits.

"I'm looking for a good fit and where I can go and actually play," he said. "I don't want to just sit around."

He also has a cousin who lives up near Cal and plans to visit the Bears later this spring.

"Boise State has talked to my head coach a couple of times, but that's about it," he said. "I get a lot of stuff from them in the mail.

"And I've gotten some stuff from Florida State too," he said. "I liked them when I was younger because they had (running back) Lorenzo Booker and he was from this area so I'd watch him play."

Mathis missed five games with an ankle sprain as a junior but still finished with 500 yards rushing and two touchdowns. He also had 800 yards passing and 11 touchdowns at quarterback. He'll play safety and quarterback as a senior.

"I think I'm very aggressive to the ball," he said. "I'm very physical and fast.

"But I want to improve my speed and footwork," he said. "I'm working on my hips and agility."

He says he can bench 260-pounds, squat 345 and has a 34-inch vertical jump.

Mathis hopes to major in either sports medicine or business. He reports a 3.3 core GPA and is taking the SAT on May 7 and ACT on June 9.


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