The South Florida Bulls added former Ole Miss tight end Jacob Mathis recently to bolster a position with very little experience behind starter Mitchell Wilcox.
Mathis—6’4”, 246 lbs— was a former 4-star prospect and Under Armour All-American from Berkeley Prep in the 2016 recruiting cycle and was the 11th ranked TE in the country. He redshirted his freshman season and did not get into a game in 2017. In April he announced his intentions to transfer and landed back in Tampa.
While he lacks game experience, he will certainly help a very young tight end position where only Wilcox has played in a game. Redshirt freshman Frederick Lloyd, Jr. and freshman Chris Carter, Jr. were the only other TE’s on the roster.
Kean with 9-yard TD to Ole Miss transfer (and @BPS_Football alum) Jacob Mathis. Recently added to roster.— Joey Knight (@TBTimes_Bulls) August 7, 2018
Mathis had at least one highlight during today’s practice, catching a touchdown pass from junior QB Brett Kean.
#USF is still awaiting the NCAA decision on the eligibility of Ole Miss transfer TE Jacob Mathis.— Award Winner Nathan Bond (@BullsNathanSBN) August 7, 2018
The school is optimistic that Mathis will be immediately eligible. UF transfer, and former Ole Miss wide receiver Van Jefferson was also granted immediate eligibility which may bode well for Mathis.