"I am going to take all my visits," he said. "I want to be very clear about that."
Don't even expect any news on his visits to come until after the season.
"I have not set up anything on any visits yet," Mathis said. "I am not going to set things up until December."
Mathis does have five schools that he is focusing on as far as his visits are concerned.
"Ohio State, Florida, Tennessee, Michigan State, and Penn State," he said. "Those have been my schools and nothing's changed on that."
Ohio State is one of the schools closest in proximity to Erie, and Mathis has been studying up on the Buckeyes.
"I know a lot about Ohio State," he said. "It's only 2 1/2, 3 hours away. Joe Daniels is recruiting me for Ohio State."
What will be the main factors in his decision?
"I just want to feel right with the campus and the school," Mathis said. "I just have to be comfortable. It's got to fit me."
Will playing time make a difference?
"I don't really care," Mathis said. "If I redshirt, I redshirt. That's not going to play a part in the decision."
Erie Cathedral Prep has been known to take on some Ohio teams, and this year, they will be taking on two of the higher-profile programs from the Youngstown area.
"Last year, we played Lakewood St. Edward and Cleveland St. Ignatius," Mathis said. "This year, we're going to play Austintown-Fitch and Youngstown Ursuline."
The 6-2, 230 Mathis is definitely being looked at as a linebacker in college, but where he plays on offense gives a good idea of what kind of athlete this is.
"I play receiver right now," he said. "That's not a position for me, it's just where the team needs me right now."
Mathis had 88 tackles and 2.5 sacks as a junior despite missing two
games. He has not yet thought about a major in college and lists an 800
SAT score and a 3.0 core GPA.
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