Apr 2, 2011; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans defensive line coach Ed Orgeron at spring practice at Howard Jones Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Joe Mathis likes Oregon

Defensive end recruit Joe Mathis is one of the top defensive linemen in the 2013 recruiting class, but his “childhood favorite” team, the Oregon Ducks, have yet to send him an offer. They could use another star DE, and Joe Mathis is the type of four-star recruit who can change the dynamics of a defense with his athleticism. In fact, Oregon had not feigned interest in the top ten DE, which is surprising given the amount of interest that Mathis has in the Ducks.

One of the top 100 recruits in the country, the 6’4″, 254 pound DE maxes out at 415 on the bench press and his max squatting weight is 605 pound. Joe Mathis also runs a 4.69 40, and there is no doubt that the Upland native has the raw skills to help him excel at the collegiate level. He had 80 tackles and eight sacks as a Junior in high school, so production is obviously not a problem for the end with 28 offers.

Joe Mathis currently has offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Auburn, Boise State, Cincinnati, California, Colorado, Michigan, Michigan State, Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Texas A&M, UCLA, USC, Utah, Washington State, and Washington. USC, in my eyes, is clearly the front-runner, with Ed Oregeron going especially hard after the gifted defensive end.

I hope the recent statement by Joe Mathis that Oregon is his childhood dream school makes them send an offer or, at the very least, show interest in one of the best ten defensive ends in this recruiting class. He is a four-star talent who received an offer from Notre Dame yesterday and will visit and increasingly active Nebraska team next month. Joe Mathis is getting recruited on a national level- and for good reason- so it is time for the Ducks to be a big school and throw their hat in the ring for a player that is very interested in them.

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