The recruiting journey of Mario Mathis will apparently have a happy ending.
The 6-foot-2, 238-pound linebacker from Thomasville High School committed to Central Florida on Monday after visiting the school with his adoptive parents of three years. Mario’s only other scholarship offer was from Florida International.
“UCF just felt right,” his father, David Fletcher told the AJC. “We got there, and Mario liked Coach (George) O’Leary a lot. They are looking at Mario at both sides of the ball, linebacker and H-back. Both of those position coaches, they were kind of fighting over him and said they would let him pick when he got there.
“They kept talking about how much they wanted him, and how much they loved him. They loved everything about him – his film, his character and everything else. The more that UCF talked about how much they wanted him, the more he wanted to be there. We liked everything else that went along with it, including the academics … everything just felt right.”
Mathis originally committed to Ole Miss last May but parted ways with the SEC school a few months later because the Rebels weren’t satisfied with the progress of his recovery from knee surgery. Ole Miss kept in touch, even dispatching an assistant to Thomasville last week to check on Mathis.
Tennessee and UGA, among other schools, also had taken a look at Mathis, who has had a solid senior season.
“Mario is ‘all in’ with UCF,” Fletcher said. “He’s very happy with the decision, and we’re very happy with it. We’re very pleased with how everything turned out.”
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