Four-star Monroe (La.) Neville defensive tackle Phidarian Mathis had to first recruit USC before the Trojans returned the favor.
“Well, I sent them my film on Twitter a lot,” Mathis said.
From there, USC defensive line coach Kenechi Udeze sent him a Direct Message on the social media platform and began building a relationship with Mathis.
“He started talking to me about how great I am. He gave me an offer and all,” Mathis said. “It was really great. It was big. It probably made a lot of movements for me and got me out there a little bit more.”
The 6-foot-4, 287-pound Mathis said Udeze is very positive and seems to really like Mathis’ ability.
“I like his personality and how he talks to me, how he says he loves me. He loves the way I play. He’s just told me some great things. He always tells me to stay confident in myself.”
Mathis thinks he has the potential to be a great player, but he knows he is still a work in progress on the gridiron.
I’m not really that person yet. There’s a lot of things I haven’t learned yet. I’m not great yet. I’ve got a lot of work to do.”
With his combination of size and continuous effort, Mathis was one of the top five defensive linemen at The Opening New Orleans Regional. He displayed a quick burst and a developing spin move that could become a real weapon at the next level with some tweaking.
That’s why the USC coaching staff is trying to get Mathis out to the West Coast this summer to visit for one of the Trojans’ summer camps. Mathis is definitely interested in making the trip, but he doesn’t know if the trip will be feasible financially.
“They want me to come to a couple of camps. If I can make it out there, I’ll be up to it,” said Mathis, who wants to display his “good motor” and that he can be aggressive.
Mathis doesn’t have a list of top schools currently, but is instead taking his time while “sitting back waiting to see what all my options are.”