Even if 2012 may have been a mild disappointment on the field, it has been the most dominating recruiting year that Washington has seen in many, many years, and just one day removed from the verbal commitment of four-star wide receiver John Ross, that success continues with the commitment of Upland, California defensive end Joe Mathis this morning at the Army All-American game.
If the name sounds familiar, it is become Mathis actually gave his verbal to the Huskies back in October. Later in the fall the 6’4″ 254-pounder decided to open things up, but it was mostly clear that Washington remained his frontrunner the whole way to this second commitment. Of course, anytime a player has already pulled his commitment the second decision has to be received with a grain of salt, but the guy came to the same conclusion he originally had, so I don’t think anyone should be counting on him bolting to another program before National Signing Day.
Not only is Mathis valuable because of his prestige, which includes four-star rankings from Rivals, Scout, and ESPN recruiting services, he is valuable because of his position. Big, athletic linemen are one of the things that can separate the West Coast programs from the physical SEC powerhouses, and on the defensive side of the ball, Mathis adds to a wealth of talent and size to Washington’s Class of 2013 haul that includes three other four-star recruits at end or tackle.
Now Washington sits #10 in the Rivals Class of 2013 rankings and #11 at Scout with room for 3-4 more signings. Look out for the possibility of a five-star marquee type recruit by National Signing Day. Perhaps Eddie Vanderdoes, Reuben Foster, or Jalen Ramsey. Until then, we will keep you up to date on the latest recruiting info.