HALLANDALE, Fla. - On Saturday, more than 150 top-tier prospects travelled to Hallandale High School to try out for the South Florida Express 7-on-7 team. Amongst the standouts who earned an invite back to be part of Sunday's select group that will help make up the team is Miramar (Fla.) athlete Devonte Mathis.
"Out here it is fun because you know there are a lot of top players and if you perform good, it actually shows your level of competition," Mathis said of the event.
Mathis, who played quarterback and wide receiver this past season, has already earned two early verbal offers.
"Florida State and West Virginia," Mathis said. "I sat down with my coach and we were discussing things and he brought it up to me."
With the in-state Seminoles, he has spoken to a pair of the coaches in Tallahassee.
"Coach (Eddie) Gran and Coach Jimbo Fisher," Mathis said. "They have talked to me about coming up for a Junior Day on the 19th. They have talked to me about playing quarterback or receiver."
In addition to his conversation with the Seminole staff, Mathis said he also receives regular letters from Florida State.
As a versatile athlete the Seminoles have mentioned him being a possibility at a pair of positions.
"At Florida State it goes both ways because they have a lot of playmakers at receiver and of course at quarterback they let him be mobile," Mathis said. "I love that."
His other offer is from a school very familiar with Miramar athletes - West Virginia.
"I talked to my coach about West Virginia," Mathis said. "He is a West Virginia alumni so he has told me some about them."
A member of the Mountaineers' coaching staff has also been in contact with Mathis.
"I also talked with Coach (Dana) Holgorsen," Mathis said. "He talked to me about receiver and early playing time. We have talked about receiver a few times but you never know (which position)."
Outside of attending Florida State's Junior Day, Mathis hopes to make the Express squad and tour college campuses when not participating in games with them throughout the spring.