Joe Mathis, the 6’4, 255 pound defensive end from Upland High School in Upland California committed to the Washington Huskies football program during Saturdays Army All-American Game at the Alamo Dome in San Antonio Texas.
Mathis is a high energy player coming off the edge and has the kind of frame that could even bulk up in to a tackle down the road. He’s very strong, and his closing speed is as good as you’ll see at this level. He pursues to the football very well and his backside support is so good that it’s tough to run away from him.
Mathis visited the University of Washington in December and was convinced that his talents would be best put to use in the hands of Coach Steve Sarkisian and his staff. Joe Mathis is the #15 ranked player at his position. Some of his strengths is his ability to disengage from blockers which combined with his 4.69 speed could spell trouble for opposing offenses. Mathis needs a little work on his intensity and effort as well as his change of direction, but it is clear that he will make an immediate impact as a Freshman and the Washington Huskies are sure to reap the benefits.