There is always a surprise or two at every college summer football camp.
Someone who everyone isn’t expecting to standout, does. It gives every prospect the opportunity to prove themselves if they have a good day.
That’s exactly what happen for New Orleans St. Augustine defensive back Tyrann Mathieu.
Mathieu took advantage of the opportunity presented to him and did the most with it at the University of Tennessee skilled camp last Tuesday.
“I have been to several camps so far, by far the one at UT was the best,” Mathieu told InsideTennessee.com “I couldn’t believe the high level of competition that was there. This camp was way better than the rest.”
Mathieu, a 5-foot-10, 175-pound cover corner, was pleased with his performance.
“I think I did great,” Mathew said. “Everyone seemed impressed with my performance.”
Mathieu was also impressed with the University of Tennessee.
“I love the campus,” Mathieu said. “I got a chance to walk around it, it’s one of the prettiest campuses that I have seen.”
Mathieu also has a connection to UT.
“I have known Coach Frank (Wilson) for over three years,” Mathieu said. “We have a great relationship, he is the type coach I would love to play for. He makes me feel like family, I feel at home on the Tennessee campus.”
Does Mathieu have an early favorite after last weeks visit to Knoxville.
“Tennessee is definitely No. 1 for me right now,” Mathieu said. “I love everything about their program, their coaching staff and feel it would be a great place to go to school.”
Did Mathieu get an official offer from the Volunteers?
“Not yet,” Mathieu said. “I was told I should have one by the end of the week, I’m hoping for one that’s for sure.”