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January 5, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Another new Husky? Mathis commits during U.S. Army All-American Bowl

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.” 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 about Mathis’ commitment). According to, Mathis had offers from every Pac-12 school except Stanford as well as Alabama, Auburn, Miami, Michigan and Notre Dame, to name a few.

The 6-4, 255-pounder is rated four stars by and the No. 15 defensive end — an obvious position of need for the Huskies — and four stars and No. 11 at his position by

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 also rated four stars by (here’s a report on Mathis’ decision from, and another on what it means). ESPN’s scouting report of Mathis says in part:

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.
Mathis is the only UW commit who played in the game though a few others who have taken or will take trips to UW were also in the game, including Bellevue linebacker Myles Jack, defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes of Auburn, Calif., safety Jalen Ramsey of Brentwood, Tenn., and OL Nico Falah of Bellflower, Calif. None of them were scheduled to state their intentions at the game.
Mathis is now the 21st public commit for UW’s Class of 2013. He is the  third listed as a defensive end joining Daeshon Hall of Lancaster, Texas and Marcus Farria of Peoira, Ariz. said the commitment of Mathis had moved UW to No. 11 in its national rankings, and second among Pac-12 schools behind only USC.
UPDATE — As has been Tweeted by a number of people today, OL Sean Harlow of San Clemente, Calif., has decommitted from UW and instead committed to Oregon State. That is also here on what is apparently Harlow’s Twitter page.
Here is some video of Mathis in action:

And here is an interview from this season:






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