October 27, 2009

Mathis preparing for visits

The top uncommitted prospect in the state of Michigan for the class of 2010 is cornerback Dior Mathis of Detroit Cass Tech High School. Michigan State, led by primary recruiter Dan Enos has been actively recruiting Mathis for quite some time now. Head Coach Mark Dantonio is hoping that the 5-foot-9, 175-pound speedster becomes the next Detroit standout to join the Green ad White.

While many top prospects have pulled the trigger, Mathis has decided to keep his options open and allow the process to play out a bit. Mathis has had a strong season for Cass tech, helping the Technicians to a 5-3 overall record and a spot in the MHSAA Football State Tournament. Cass Tech will travel; to Dearborn this Friday to play the undefeated Tractors of Fordson.

"We are looking forward to the game Mathis said. They are a very good team. We just have to play our game and not make mistakes. We have a talented team too."

Mathis has been a key player on both sides of the ball for the Technicians. On defense he has locked up the opposition's best player's week in and week out and has 5 interceptions to show for it. On offense he has played wide receiver and has half a dozen touchdowns.

As far a recruiting goes, Mathis indicated that he still intends to make his decision public at the US Army All-American Game in San Antonio on January 9th. He also gave us some information on which teams are recruiting him the hardest and what his plans are as far as official visits.

"Michigan State and Oregon are recruiting me very hard, he said. I also hear from Michigan a lot and some other schools. I am going to visit Oregon in November and I also plan on visiting Michigan State and Michigan. I am not sure who my other visits will be to."

As far as the Spartans, Mathis indicated that he has built a good rapport with both his primary recruiter and the head coach.

"I speak with Coach Enos often and Coach Dantonio as well, he said. Coach Dantonio and I have talked a lot we usually talk for a long time."

It is no surprise that Coach Dantonio is taking an active role in the recruitment of Mathis. Coach Dantonio is a former defensive back and defensive backs coach. This summer at the Spartan Camp he was out working with the prospects personally on things like hand techniques and feet/hips.

In addition to a strong performance at the Spartan Summer Camp, Mathis also was selected to attend the ESPN Rise Gridiron Kings Camp down in Florida. At that camp, Mathis was able to showcase his skills against many of the best wide receivers from all over the nation. Mathis was cited by Rivals.com as one of the best cover cornerbacks at the event.

Mathis was in East Lansing a few weeks ago when the Spartans took on the Wolverines. If he is not on visit to Oregon the weekend of November 21st it is likely that the Michigan State staff will invite the 4-star prospect up to see the Spartans and Nittany Lions do battle. That game could have significant bowl implications for both teams.

As far as what will be the deciding factors for Mathis when it comes to his decision, he stated the following.

"The school I end up selecting will be a place where I know I will be comfortable at for 4 or 5 years he said. The relationships I have with the staff and the players will be important as well."

Michigan State is hoping that the time spent building rapport with Mathis along with the fact that the school is 90 minutes from his home helps them in his recruitment. With Jeremy Ware, Ross Weaver and Kendell Davis-Clark all graduating, Michigan State needs players who can step in and contribute early.

Look for more information on Mathis and his recruitment from SpartanMag.com in the near future





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