Michigan has the edge for Class of 2013 defensive end

Class of 2013 defensive end Joe Mathis visited Michigan over the weekend and came away impressed with the program being run by second-year head coach Brady Hoke.

The 6-4, 250-pounder from Upland High School (Upland, Calif.) is not quite ready to commit to play in Ann Arbor, but he did say that he felt like his visit with the Wolverines put them at the top of his list.

"They're No. 1 on the list right now," Mathis told Chantel Jennings of WolverineNation on ESPN.com. "I'm not going to commit or anything, that's selfish of me not to look at other schools, but that was better than the UCLA and USC visit.

"Walking down that tunnel, I was like, 'Man, this is me right here,'" he said. "I just got the chills down my back. There were no negatives about Michigan. I just had a big smile on my face the whole time."

Mathis will continue to weigh his options with his family, but landing the defensive end would be a real coup for Hoke, defensive coordinator Greg Mattison and the Wolverines, especially because many believe that he will stay out West due to his California roots. He will also talk to his cousin and best friend, fellow Michigan target Su'a Cravens, a highly rated safety recruit.

Could the Wolverines land both in a package deal?

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