Did UCLA Crack Mathis' Top Five?

Upland (Calif.) defensive lineman Joe Mathis attended UCLA's Junior Day over the weekend and said he had a good visit. Was it good enough for the Bruins to crack the athlete's top three?

Joe Mathis is one the region's top defensive end prospects with offers from national programs all over the country. UCLA was one of his first offers and the lineman said he enjoyed his time in Westwood.

"Everything was good about the visit, I really enjoyed myself," Mathis said. "The coaches seemed real nice and friendly, very genuine people. I liked how they treated everyone the same, they didn't show any favoritism to anyone. At the end, we broke up in to groups and it was me, Kylie Fitts and Kenneth Clark and they showed us a lot of love and have already offered all three of us.

"We talked a little with Angus McClure, the DL coach and he seems like a nice guy. I really liked the new DC, Coach Spanos. He was awesome and Coach Mora is funny as heck. That's one cool dude right there and I really like the entire staff a lot."

The Bruins were outside of Mathis' top five prior to Junior Day, did they move up his list at all?

"Right now, I have a top three of USC, Oklahoma and Nebraska," Mathis said. "I don't really have a top five any more, there's just too many schools I like including UCLA, but those are my top three and that's a pretty solid top three right now.

"I want to try and get to Nebraska and Oklahoma for their spring games if I can but I heard they might be the same day. USC is my leader and I just have a great relationship with the coaches there. I talk to those coaches more than anyone and they hit me up on facebook almost every day. I'm going to make my decision at one of the All-American games, not sure if I'll do Army or Under Armour but that's when I'll do it."

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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