Quintrell Mathis was one of Eastside’s best four receivers this past season and now he’ll look to be one of Brevard College’s best after signing his letter of intent on Monday.
With the support of his friends and coaches, Mathis, a two-sport athlete, will now go to college to get an education and continue his football career. Mathis’ mother Nicole Humphrey and his aunt Sherry Clark sat next to him reminiscing about the past as they all looked toward the future.
“The best is yet to come,” Humphrey said.
“It’s amazing because it’s been me and him for so long. I’m super proud of him because he’s very dedicated, very dedicated. He worked really, really hard for this,” she added.
Humphrey says she’s watched her son grow tremendously over time, not just physically, but mentally. He used to go to practice every day, she says, and some days he would have to go to work after.
“I am very, very proud of him,” Clark said.
When he was about three years old, Mathis would go with his mom, Clark and grandmother when they went walking. Clark says they walked, but he ran the entire time.
Mathis used to be short and fat, but he’s lean now and he’s a physical player. He amassed over 200 yards receiving and two touchdowns this season, but none were bigger than his 37-yard touchdown in the first round of the playoffs that sparked a comeback from a 21-point deficit against Thomson.
“I think I saw the change,” Clark said. “He looked like a kid to me up until I would say a few months ago.”
Mathis played basketball at EHS under head coach Greg Freeman. Freeman and wide receivers coach Frankey Iverson spoke at the signing about how they’ve seen Mathis mature and the contributions he’s made to the team. Freeman says that he told Mathis that he’d always be there for him if he needed him and that’ll continue beyond his signing day because this is just the beginning.
Mathis’ family is amazed by his success and they’ll be right there with him as he continues to be successful at Brevard College.