One of the late additions to the USC 2021 recruiting board was DE Ian Mathews (6-5 270) of Columbus, GA. He was offered by the Gamecocks last week. He’s also picked up recent offers from Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Arkanssa, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and Duke. Gamecock coach Will Muschamp has thrown himself right into the head of this recruiting battle.
“Coach Muschamp texts me and stuff like that checking up on me and just making sure I’m good,” Mathews said. “Right now I’m waiting and looking for my options. I’m not going to move forward. I’ll release my top five in a couple of weeks. After I narrow it down to the top five, I’ll give it a couple of weeks and I’ll come to my decision after football season.”
Last weekend two of Mathews’ suitors, USC and Vanderbilt, met up in Nashville with the Gamecocks coming out with a lopsided victory. Mathews watched on TV and was very locked in on what the Gamecocks were doing.
“South Carolina is a very explosive team,” Mathews said. “They come ready to play as soon as the ball is snap. And they really did destroy Vanderbilt. I like how their D-line plays.”
Along with USC Mathews said he hears regularly from Vanderbilt, Arkansas, Duke and Georgia Tech.
Mathews said he had about six sacks as a junior and is closing in on that figure this season.