Joe Mathis had great conversations with some USC coaches on Sunday at the Trojans' junior day and the Upland, Calif., four-star defensive end landed an offer.
He did not immediately commit on the unofficial visit but USC is definitely in the picture moving forward in his recruitment. Getting to spend more time on campus with the coaching staff was definitely a positive step.
The new offer surely gives Mathis something to think about.
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"I had really good talks with coach (James) Cregg, coach (Monte) Kiffin and coach (Ed Orgeron)," Mathis said. "It was really important to get back on campus. They want me to go to USC but I still wanted to see what it was like on campus and I loved it.
"I think they offered me. They said, 'We want you to be a Trojan.' I'm not committed. They offered and I'm just thinking about it."
The 6-foot-4, 250-pound four-star prospect finished with 79 tackles and six sacks in his junior season and helped Upland to a 12-1 season.
His recruitment has picked up drastically in the last few weeks as well. So far, Colorado, Indiana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon State, San Diego State, UCLA, Washington and Washington State have also offered.
There's a good chance other offers could come in for Mathis, rated No. 93 in the early 2013 rankings by Rivals.com.
Previously committed to Washington, Mathis decided to open his recruitment back up and it has paid off. Many big-time offers have come in and now USC is on the board, giving the Upland standout something new to consider.
"I had a lot of fun at USC," Mathis said.
"It went well. I saw some stuff I had never seen before and I liked what they were talking about with their new athletic building. They're building a weight room in there and everything so it was really cool."