Mathis is a Knight

Central Florida OLB Commit Mario Mathis

After recently reopening his recruitment, 2013 OLB Mario Mathis has made his verbal commitment to UCF. Mathis discusses the determining factors in his "final" decision.


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"I'm committed to UCF," 2013 LB Mario Mathis said Monday.

The three-star outside linebacker recently reopened his recruitment after committing to Ole Miss in May. Mathis visited Central Florida on Saturday before making his announcement.

"When I first got there, I wasn't too sure," Mathis admitted. "I had just recently decommitted from Ole Miss. But I went to visit UCF and got to talk to Coach [George] O'Leary. We talked for awhile and he let me know where I stand. He caught my attention."

Mathis was able to take in campus life while in Orlando as well.

"I visited the facilities and got to talk to my position coaches," Mathis continued. "Then, I watched the practice. It's high tempo. Everyone was working hard and knew what they were supposed to do. I love that...when everyone is working hard."

After practice, Mathis toured the academic facilities and dormitory buildings.

"At the very end, I got to talk to Coach O'Leary again," Mathis said. "I loved it. It was just a great visit."

Mathis, now 6'2 and "at least" 235 pounds, admits that UCF has gained a leader in his commitment.

"As a Knight, I'm going to bring leadership and character," Mathis explained. "I'm an all-around guy. I'm nice all the time, too."

After breaking a former verbal commitment, can UCF fans rest easily in Mathis's decision?

"I'm all set. This is final. I'm a Knight."

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