Nebraska fans have good news to celebrate and Scott Frost flexed his muscles a bit here which sends a nice message to the recruiting world — high school and portal. TCU defensive end Ochaun Mathis has decided to transfer in from TCU over Texas.
Why is this a big deal? Mathis is one of the best rush ends in the portal this cycle. He also hails originally from Texas and his former head coach at TCU, Gary Patterson, is an analyst at Texas now. Oh, and Texas is better for NIL right? None of that mattered. Nebraska won.
Out of high school Mathis held offers from TCU, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Purdue and others. Since entering the portal It looked as if Nebraska and Texas were the two schools this would come down to but many were interested in landing his services. Many as in about 20 or more.
Mathis is a 6-foot-5, 250-pound pass rusher that will immediately make an impact for Nebraska. Not only was he an All Big 12 selection in back-to-back years, he also had 12.5 career sacks, 26 tackles for loss and 74 solo tackles. One of Mathis’s best traits is his ability to stop the run. In the run heavy Big Ten conference this makes him even more valuable. Mathis has two years of eligibility remaining and likely projects as a high impact starter for both years if he doesn’t head to the NFL after next season.
This is a high four-star transfer and a home run addition for Scott Frost. Landing an instant difference maker at a position of need is about as best as you can ask for in an addition from the portal.