The Huskies got another addition to their Class of 2013 Saturday morning, garnering a commitment from defensive end Joe Mathis of Upland, Calif., during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Mathis was one of six players scheduled to make their commitments during the game, which was nationally televised on NBC, and the only one who was considering UW.
Surrounded by his family and hats of UW, UCLA, USC and Alabama, Mathis first feigned toward the USC hat before picking up a Washington cap while making his selection at the beginning of the second quarter.
Asked why he was picking UW, Mathis said it felt like “family there. I get along with the players, get along with the coaches.”
Rivals.com national recruiting coordinator Mike Farrell called it “a great pickup for Washington” and noted that this is another one that can be credited in part to the presence of Tosh Lupoi, and said Mathis could be an end or a linebacker in UW’s system. (Here’s a free story from Rivals.com about Mathis’ commitment). According to Scout.com, Mathis had offers from every Pac-12 school except Stanford as well as Alabama, Auburn, Miami, Michigan and Notre Dame, to name a few.
His commitment ends a long courtship with the Huskies. He initially committed to UW in Oct., 2011 then decided a little later to re-open his commitment, though he has taken official visits only to Utah and UW (a visit he took early last month).
Mathis is a tough, high-energy defender. As a defensive end, he possesses very good size at this stage in both height and weight, and looks to have a frame that can still support more good additional mass with further physical development. You would like to see a little more consistency, but he possesses a nice initial burst. … He displays adequate ability to bend the edge. He does stay after it and will make blockers work to keep him blocked, but he’s more of a power rusher who will get sacks off of effort. Mathis has good size and it’s tough not to like his physical nature and motor. While he has some limitations, that combination of size, toughness and effort will allow him to be a good, productive college defender.
And here is an interview from this season: