Is UGA trying to corner the Southeastern Conference on tight ends? That’s what it looks like with Florida 4-star Jacob Mathis still continuing to look closely at the program.
That nation’s No. 9 tight end prospect from Tampa’s Berkeley Prep told the AJC on Monday night that he still plans to take an official visit to UGA after his senior season ends. The 6-foot-5 senior said he still speaks to UGA every few days.
Where does UGA stand among the schools that he plans to see on his official visits?
“They’re high,” Mathis said.
That stance is interesting because current UGA commitments Charlie Woerner and Garrett Walston could both be Saturday stars at the position. The 6-foot-5 Woerner can play tight end or receiver and will likely start out at receiver at UGA. That’s as good a potential duo as any team could expect to sign every February, but the run doesn’t end there.
UGA is positioned as a strong candidate to sign 5-star prospect Isaac Nauta in its 2016 class, too.
Nauta is rated as the nation’s No. 1 tight end. Seeing his name up on the board on National Signing Day in February at UGA’s Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall would end any discussion about which school signed the nation’s top class of tight ends.
Mathis said that he also plans to take official visits to Alabama, Ole Miss and Michigan. He hasn’t settled on a fifth official visit as of yet.
The senior caught 55 passes and 12 touchdowns in 2014. He also said he wasn’t worried about what might happen to UGA’s interest in him should Nauta commit to UGA at the Army All-American Game on Jan. 9.
“No worries about anything,” Mathis said. “I know where I’m at and what I can do. Tape doesn’t lie. (The) best part is (I have) a ton a room for improvement so I’m excited to get to work.”
Mathis feels he will not make a college commitment until after the end of his senior season and also after he’s taken all of his official visits.
Jeff Sentell covers UGA recruiting for AJC.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play Between the Hedges.