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Berkeley Prep's Jacob Mathis goes with Ole Miss

Berkeley Prep tight-end/H-back Jacob Mathis (center) shares a laugh with defensive lineman Jon Turkel (right) during Wednesday's national signing day ceremonty inside the Berkeley auditorium. Mathis, ranked by many scouting services as one of the top recruits in the country, announced he's going to the University of Mississippi. Turkel and defensive back Addison Grams (left) announced they would attend Davidson College.

Scott Purks | Special to the Times

Berkeley Prep tight-end/H-back Jacob Mathis (center) shares a laugh with defensive lineman Jon Turkel (right) during Wednesday's national signing day ceremonty inside the Berkeley auditorium. Mathis, ranked by many scouting services as one of the top recruits in the country, announced he's going to the University of Mississippi. Turkel and defensive back Addison Grams (left) announced they would attend Davidson College.

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Two full years ago, the University of Mississippi did something that Berkeley Prep tight end Jacob Mathis took to heart.

"They gave me my first scholarship offer," Mathis said.

As a junior, Mathis took it upon himself to make Mississippi his first visit, and he said he immediately loved it. He said that he's done nothing but love it ever since, despite the courting of just about every major football university in America.

"The people at Ole Miss seem genuine to me," Mathis said. "I felt they cared about my well being on and off the field."

That's why on Wednesday inside Berkeley Prep's auditorium in front of the entire Buc student body, Mathis announced he will be attending the University of Mississippi next fall.

A few moments after the announcement, Mathis said he also liked the Rebels' offensive scheme, their overall quarterback situation and the increasing buzz surrounding the whole program at Mississippi.

Mathis (6-foot-5, 225 pounds) is expected to play a similar role at Mississippi that he played at Berkeley, as an H-back and a receiving tight end, where as a senior he caught 29 passes for 506 yards. In four years at Berkeley, Mathis played in 36 games and scored 29 touchdowns.

Signing alongside Mathis on Wednesday were defensive back Addison Grams and defensive lineman Jon Turkel, who will both be attending Davidson College.

 

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 3, 2016 1:37pm]

    

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