Tallahassee (FL) North Florida Christian cornerback Armunz Mathews knows how badly the University of Wisconsin wants him to be a part of its 2016 recruiting and it only has a small part to do with defensive coordinator Dave Aranda’s recruiting pitch.
All Mathews has to do is log on to social media to see how badly random fans are telling him how big of an impact he could make with the Badgers.
“They have a rabid fan base,” Mathews told BadgerNation. “The fans are very active in the sports. It stands out to be a little bit.”
It’s technically against NCAA rules to contact recruits over social media to persuade them to come to a certain school. By definition, as soon as someone contacts a recruit with a sales pitch, they automatically become a booster, who aren’t allowed to recruit prospective student-athletes.
The problem is, however, that it’s impossible to enforce and plenty of prospects love the attention. For Mathews, it’s all about mutual respect.
“I enjoy talking to the fans, getting into it with them every now and them,” he said. “It means a lot to me that the fans like me personally.”
Not only does the 5-11, 180-pound Mathews have a good relationship with the Wisconsin fans, he says he talks to Aranda and defensive backs coach Daronte Jones almost daily.
“We just talk about life,” said Mathews. “A lot of times we talk about football but most times it’s about me the person. That sticks out to me, too, that they want me as a person and as a football player. That means a lot.”
Rated a three-star prospect and the No.98 cornerback in the country by Scout.com, Mathews narrowed his list to a top seven last week. In order, he listed South Florida, Wisconsin, Louisville, Utah, Kentucky, South Alabama and Troy.
“I’d say I’ve built the stronger relationship over the time that I’ve talked with (those) coaches than any other place,” said Mathews. “I am blessed to have all my offers but those are the schools that have stayed on me the most.”
“I have really been thinking about what’s going to be the best for me and in the next four years of my career,” said Mathews. “That’s pretty much all that’s been going through my head right now.”
Mathews caught 42 passes on offense and had 36 tackles, five tackles for loss, seven pass breakups and three interceptions on defense. He said most schools are recruiting him as an athlete, but the Badgers like him at cornerback.
“I am going to cut my list down as the summer goes by,” said Mathews, “but I’m going to commit when me and my family feels it’s the right time.”