A Manor Mustang will be taking his talents up Interstate 35 to Fort Worth, Texas.
MHS Senior Defensive End Ochaun Mathis officially signed his letter of intent to play college football at Texas Christian University. TCU was the first school to offer a scholarship to Mathis. The event was part of the first inaugural National Early Signing Day. Previously, high school seniors had to wait until National Signing Day in February.
Mathis remained loyal to TCU throughout the recruiting process.
"The coaching staff was the main standout," said Mathis. "They showed a lot of love to my family, my family loves them as well. It is a great atmosphere. It was home."
Mathis, a Three Star Defensive End, is ranked #99 in ESPN's top 100 Texas high school football recruits. He had 94 tackles (17 for a loss) 14 sacks, 34 hurries, six fumbles caused and 12 fumbles recovered in 2017, ending in a bi-district playoff loss to Stony Point. Mathis also played some offense, catching 13 balls and 8 touchdowns. He was selected as the District 14-6A Defensive Player of the Year.
Mathis said he would not be where he is without the Manor community.
"It was a tough transition after Coach Saad Jackson left, but the love stayed," Mathis said. "As soon as the new coaching staff came along, they saw the potential I had. They made me a leader. Everyone here showed a lot of love to me and my family."
Mathis also received offers from the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Purdue, SMU, Texas Tech, Tulsa, and Texas.