Mathis: 'Husky coaches are legit'

Last week, the Washington Husky coaches hosted several of the top prospects on their radar and one, Upland (Ca.) DL Joe Mathis, said he came north for his three-day stay so he could see the coaches in action. He came away impressed and has the Dawgs very high on his list...

"The Husky coaches are legit," Mathis told "They get after you in workouts and they coach you up. They had a lot of fun out there."

Mathis was on campus late last week and took in Washington's passing camp. While on campus he spent quite a bit of time with Husky defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi as well as some of the players currently on the roster.

"I got to hang out with Keith Price for a while and a couple of the other players," Mathis said. "Tahaan Goodman is a really good friend of mine and he was up there too. We both want to go to the same school, so we checked Washington out and I'd say they made a big impression on me.

"This was my second time up there, but this time it was all business. I had a great time."

Mathis said he isn't currently scheduled to take any more unofficial visits although later this week he will be in Atlanta for the 'Rivals 100' camp.

"I'm flying out there Thursday, so there is a slight chance I might drop by Tennessee on my way out, but I'm not really sure about that yet," Mathis said. "I'm not really planning any more at this point. I don't want to burn myself out and I've seen a lot of what I need to see already."

At a beastly 6'4", 265 pounds, Mathis has attracted offers from schools across the country including Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Auburn, Colorado, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Tennessee, UCLA and USC after posting 80 tackles, eight sacks and two forced fumbles as a junior in 2011.

"Everyone likes me as a defensive end, but I can play tackle too," Mathis said. "A lot of coaches think I could grow into playing a defensive tackle spot and that's fine, but I like playing on the end."

As far as when he plans to make his decision, Mathis said he knows the date and that his official visits will be the deciding factor.

"I want to commit on January 7th at the Army All-American Game," Mathis said. "Until then, I'm just going to keep my decision to myself. I want to take my visits and play my senior year and then announce it at the game.

"Washington is definitely going to get an official visit from me. The rest are sorta up in the air right now. I'm just going to take my time and make sure I find the right school for me."

We will have more from Mathis in the coming weeks and months as he gets closer to starting his senior season of football.

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