Once again the United States Army came to the Motor City and Cass Technical High School to honor one of their football players as an All-American. Four years ago it was Joseph Barksdale, now at LSU, followed by Boubacar Cissoko and William Campbell. Yesterday, Dior Mathis added his name to the lineage, and while he knew it was coming, it did not make it any less special.
“It was wonderful, actually more than I expected,” he admitted. “I thought it was just going to be regular, but the way I felt afterwards was wonderful.”
The 5’9, 174-lb Mathis was a three year varsity starter for the Technicians. As a senior, he helped the team reach the second round of playoffs with his play at both cornerback and wide receiver. There is an environment of success at Cass. The All-Americans and college players before him let Mathis see what was possible as a youngster and that is something he has passed on to the underclassmen there now.
“When I first came in, I was just worried about little league ball and not really knowing about anything else, but by my sophomore year, I started wanting to do the same thing those guys did and achieve my goals.”
Between now and the Army Game, there is still much to decide. Mathis has yet to make his college choice and when he does, he says he would like to enroll early, although that is also still up in the air. He had flirted with the idea of making a commitment already, but with the game only two months away, he is sticking to plan of announcing his choice live from San Antonio. It will also give him time to take more visits.
“I’m going to Michigan State this Saturday to see them against Penn State and I’m going to try to get up to Michigan so I can go see them and I’m going up to Oregon December 3rd, 4th and 5th.”
In preparation for the All-American game, Mathis is still working on football even with the season over. He is doing drills and 1-1s with his teammates to make sure he has a good showing. No matter where he goes to college and even what happens in that game, there is no denying that Dior Mathis has had an excellent high school career and even though his senior season ended with a loss to rival Detroit Southeastern, he is more than satisfied with his time at Cass Tech.
“It was amazing,” he explained. “When I look back on everything I’ve done with Cass football, I wouldn’t change anything. Even though we didn’t win a state championship or a city championship, just playing with the people that I’ve played with and learning different stuff, it was amazing to be around them.”
Dior with Cass Tech head coach Thomas Wilcher
Dior and his parents
Dior and extended family
The Cass Tech crew
Dior with Lions WR Derrick Williams
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