Defensive Line, Class of 2021
Pacelli, Columbus, GA
Having a football season this fall helps immensely, but Pacelli Catholic (Ga.) 2021 defensive end Ian Mathews believes there’s another big factor that’s led to the rise of his profile recently.
“I feel like it’s my speed that people notice,” he said. “I’m 6-foot-5, 270 (pounds) and run a 5.1 (40-yard dash). There’s not many guys at my weight and height that can move like I move. Once you get that one big D-I offer, that’s when everyone starts to recognize you.”
Those scholarship offers and school interests are flowing in more of late. Virginia Tech, Arkansas and Duke joined a few Division II and Division III schools with offers. But because of the COVID-19 pandemic and NCAA rules against hosting on-campus visits, Mathews said he’s proceeding with caution, while getting a feel for his likes and dislikes.
“First, it’s academics, how I fit into the community, how they’re involved and how I can help,” he said. “Also, if I go there, will I play? One big thing is the relationship with the coaches, how they feel about me and how much love they show me.”
The Hokies made Mathews an offer last Friday. While he can only go by what he’s seen from a distance, Mathews said he likes a few aspects about them.