Jacob Mathis, a four-star tight end from Tampa who is rated as one of the top players at his position, signed with Rebels on Wednesday following his official visit last weekend. So much for those NCAA allegations messing up Hugh Freeze's crootin.
At 6'4" and 223 pounds, Mathis has the frame to play in a flex role right away, and could grow into a more traditional tight end role in the future as he already shows a tremendous ability to use his size and length to gain an advantage over his defenders. Playing for the 6-4 Berkeley Prep Buccaneers, Mathis caught 29 passes this past season for 506 yards and seven touchdowns. He also played on special teams for his prep squad, and even returned a kickoff for a touchdown during his senior year. Aside from Ole Miss, Mathis earned scholarship offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Michigan, and others.
For the 2016 class, he joins tight end Gabe Angel who is already enrolled in classes at Ole Miss. The two of them should, as Evan Engram did, get looks right away on offense and quickly contribute to the high-flying Rebel passing attack.