It must have seemed like a lifetime between verbal commitments to Washington for Upland High School defensive end Joe Mathis, but Saturday afternoon the senior ended up back where he started 14 months ago. Mathis, a 6-foot-4, 255-pound, 4-star recruit, committed to Washington Oct. 28, 2011, one day after the Huskies joined Indiana to become his second scholarship offer. With what would eventually become more than 50 offers beginning to pile up, he de-committed three months later.
Live on NBC during the second quarter of Saturday’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas, Mathis donned a Washington hat, choosing the Huskies from a final four that included USC, UCLA and Alabama. He was considering Texas A&M before removing the Aggies from the list earlier in the week.
Mathis took numerous visits during the year after de-committing, but his only two official trips were to Utah and Washington, according to the Seattle Times. Mathis is rated the No. 11 strongside defensive end in the nation by rivals.com. He collected 77 tackles and 10 sacks as a senior, helping Upland reach its second consecutive CIF-SS Inland Division semifinal.