DT | #48 | rJr | 6032 | 312 | 5.20e | Wisner, LA | Neville | Day Three
Overview: A big, strong presence, Mathis has been a valuable asset as a versatile down lineman on defense. He has been used primarily at nose tackle but will also line up outside at defensive end in the Alabama hybrid defensive scheme. His size and wingspan allows him to win the leverage battle. In addition, he shows tremendous power and balance at the point of attack. Mathis does a nice job eating up space, allowing rush lanes for his backers, while also showcasing the quickness to close in on ball-carriers. He has improved his technique since his arrival to Tuscaloosa but there is still room for improvement. His athleticism is somewhat limited, as he’ll need to continue to work on his flexibility. Mathis has been praised for his great work ethic, while doing his job in the film room and handling his responsibilities in the classroom, according to the coaching staff. Has a frame that will allow him to continue to grow into an early down run stopper in an odd man front at the next level, similar to Byron Cowart (Patriots).
Background: Recently became a father to Khylei Rae (February 2020). A composite four-star lineman by ESPN/Rival/247Sports; garnered first team All-State honors from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA) in Class 4A as well as All-District 2-4A accolades. Made 41 tackles as a senior in 2016, 12 tackles for loss, seven sacks and six quarterback hurries; coached by Mickey McCarty at Neville HS. Has volunteered his time back home to the youth in the community during the offseason.
Career: In 27 career games, has made 45 tackles (17 solo), with one forced fumble and one fumble recovery; had 27 tackles in 12 games during 2019.