Joe Mathis said this past weekend that Washington was one of his top five schools so when the Huskies offered the 2013 defensive end from Upland, Calif., in the last day or so he accepted right away.
Some people have said it's much too early to commit but Mathis, a 6-foot-4, 235-pound prospect, said while he's committed to Washington he's going to keep all his options open throughout the remainder of his junior season and into his senior year.
"My godfather said I should take it and then a lot more offers might come in after I've committed," Mathis said. "There are people asking me why I would commit so early but Washington has always been in my top five."
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Indiana had also offered Mathis, who finished with about 13 tackles and three sacks in a big win over Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., last weekend, and he said Tennessee, Maryland, Arizona State, Oregon, Utah and others had started showing interest.
Washington has been a favorite mainly because of its football program but also because Mathis' cousin, Terrence Ross, plays basketball for the Huskies. Playing together in college is something the two have talked about for a while. It could become a reality.
"It would be really big to get a Washington offer because my cousin, Terrence Ross, he goes there to play basketball and when we were little we always talked about wanting to go to the same college," Mathis said earlier this week.
"I love the team. I've been watching them since I was little so I like them."
While he's now committed to Washington, Mathis made it clear he plans to consider other offers throughout the rest of his high school career.
The Huskies are definitely in good shape since they've landed his pledge but others could definitely make things interesting.
"I'm going to look at all my options," Mathis said. "I'm committed to Washington but I want to see if other schools are going to offer me, too."