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Recruiting gets busier for Mathis

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Joe Mathis remains hot on the recruiting trail with new offers from Arizona State, Oklahoma State, Utah and USC. He's sure the Trojans offered now after talking earlier this week with coach Lane Kiffin.
There was some admitted confusion from Mathis and other top prospects after the USC junior day this past weekend because coaches told some recruits they wanted them to become Trojans but players weren't sure if that meant they had an offer.
Mathis was one of those players but after chatting with Kiffin, things were cleared up pretty quickly.
"That was really cool," Mathis said. "I was so happy. I was confused, I didn't know if they wanted me and then coach (James) Cregg hit me up on Facebook and I called and talked to coach Kiffin and he offered so now I'm sure I got offered."
Oklahoma State had been talking to the four-star defensive end from Upland, Calif., and the Cowboys finally offered after Mathis talked with defensive coordinator and defensive line coach Bill Young.
"I heard they were going to offer but they wanted me to talk to the d-line coach so he could offer me," Mathis said. "I talked to him and he offered.
"I know they were really good this year. They won 12 games and the weight room is beautiful. I have to sit down and research them a little bit more."
Former high school teammate Kenneth Scott plays at Utah so that is a draw for Mathis, rated No. 93 in the early 2013 rankings by Rivals.com.
Arizona State is also under strong consideration since he has already taken an unofficial visit there. The next step for Mathis is getting a better feel for the Sun Devils' new coaching staff.
"I went out there and it's a beautiful campus," Mathis said. "Now I just need to learn more about the coaches there. I don't know them that well yet."
So far, Mathis, who had previously been committed to Washington, has offers from Arizona State, Colorado, Indiana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, San Diego State, UCLA, USC, Utah, Washington and Washington State.
At this point in his recruitment, Mathis said he's not rushing a thing.
"I'm still taking it slow," he said. "I'm just enjoying the recruiting process."
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