Florida boosted their chances with four-star Mathews

Jan 23, 2022 | 0 comments


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Without question, the biggest name to officially visit Florida this past weekend was that of Ponchatoula (La.) four-star safety Jacoby Mathews‍.

So it is only fitting that perhaps the best news that the Gators got over the weekend came from him after he finally made his trip to Gainesville to get to know Billy Napier and his staff.

"It was amazing," said Mathews of his trip to Florida. "I had a great experience. [Gainesville] is a nice college town. Like not too crowded, but it's enough to focus enough on the task. I had a great time with the players and the other recruits. It left me with no questions to be asked. I feel like it was a successful visit."


As for the highlight of the weekend, Mathews singled out the interactions he had with the staff.

"Coach [Patrick] Toney, Coach [Corey] Raymond, and Coach [Billy] Napier the most too. Really those three coaches are really all I needed to feel that comfortable there. Being with those three guys the whole weekend made me feel better about the situation. Really, just how much in detail that went into explaining everything to us over the weekend. Stuff-like classes, how you would get developed as a player leaving Florida. That just stood out, a lot, to me."

"It definitely boosted it," said Mathews of UF's chances after the visit. "It was everything I wanted to see, everything I wanted to know, and everything I thought about it. I feel like Coach Napier is going to come in and change some stuff around. Really I feel comfortable if I was to sign the paper to Florida, but I still have to take my LSU visit, take it slow and see how things go over there."

Mathews was hosted by Rashad Torrence and Trey Dean and said he was impressed by how much the two knew about him and his film. The top-five safety in the nation said the two Gator defensive backs told him they’re ready to play with him.

"They want me and they were telling me that me coming in, I would be one of the top three safeties. They were telling me that comfortably, that if I was to come in with them I would be one of the top three safeties. They watched my film, they showed me they watched my film and they said they feel comfortable enough to play with me."

Mathews said that Florida is recruiting him to play the Star position.

While on campus he also spent time with signee Kamari Wilson, though he said Wilson wanted to purposely limit his time around him.

"I spent a little time with Kamari. He was just telling me, 'I'm going to stay out of the way, you're going to like it. Just know I'm going to stay out of the way the whole time.' It wasn't much running into him, but you know me and Kamari go way back from being recruited together. Undercover, we've always said we would go to the same college. It was exciting running into Kamari, but we didn't spend that much time together."

One thing is certain, the weekend trip to Gainesville helped to improve Florida's standing with Mathews.

"It definitely boosted it," said Mathews of UF's chances after the visit. "It was everything I wanted to see, everything I wanted to know, and everything I thought about it. I feel like Coach Napier is going to come in and change some stuff around. Really I feel comfortable if I was to sign the paper to Florida, but I still have to take my LSU visit, take it slow and see how things go over there."

Mathews said Napier will pay another visit on Tuesday before he takes an official visit at LSU next weekend.

He put his top-three right now as Florida, LSU, and Texas A&M.

Napier is the No. 36 rated prospect in the nation according to the 247 Sports Composite.

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