Mathis follows dream to SMU

Mathis follows dream to SMU


Mathis follows dream to SMU


“You’re in Dallas, Texas number one. How about that? Dallas, Texas. You’re right back in your wheelhouse of recruiting to where you’re one of those guys.”

Football coaches move around. That’s the nature of the business.

Claude Mathis hasn’t had to move in 7 years. 7 years of electric DeSoto eagle football.

But why after building DeSoto into one of the area’s best programs is he now leaving to be one of those guys?

“I can tell you it starts with the head man Coach Morris. He’s one of the guys that I’ve kept up with over the years. He’s been a wonderful coach and a wonderful man. He’s a good christian man. When he approached me about this position here I knew I wanted to work for him. That’s why I left DeSoto. My dream was to always become a college coach or coordinator.”

Being ranked nationally every year and graduating some elite athletes is nice but one thing eluded Mathis in his time at DeSoto.

“The only regret I do have is not winning a state championship we accomplished everything else you can accomplish. You can’t take it away from Kyler Murray. He got me. He got us. He and Allen did. We felt like we should have had 3 or 4 state championships. We were knocking on the door the last three years. That’s my only regret. Other than that we accomplished everything at DeSoto. It’s a great program and it’s a lot better than when I got there.”

To be fair, Kyler Murray got a lot of folks.

Someday soon SMU might be a target for a player such as Kyler Murray, but it has to start with home and recruiting the DFW area.

“It doesn’t matter what we need to win DFW. That’s one thing we want to do is keep our kids in state. There’s enough talent in the metroplex to do that right there.”

“To know that I can come back to this state and have the impact with our coaches. To be able to recruit like I think we can recruit. I think this is a goldmine.”

What would Claude Mathis say to the next man in charge of looking after the goldmine he created?

“What I would tell him is make sure you put those kids first no matter what. Those kids are going to do everything for you. I can also tell him don’t worry about the haters. The stands are undefeated. They think they know all about football and they don’t. You have an administration that will support you 100%. You can talk about all this but you better win. You better win.”


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