Ohio State has a quarterback for its 2019 recruiting class, enticing Dwan Mathis to flip Sunday from his longtime commitment to Michigan State.
Mathis, of Belleville, Michigan, gave a significant hint that such a move was in the works when he made a surprise official visit to Ohio State this past weekend. He announced his change of allegiance via Twitter.
“I would like to thank MSU for the many opportunities they have given me to play at their university,” Mathis wrote. “The decision weighed heavy on my heart.
“I would like to announce that I am officially a Buckeye.”
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That Urban Meyer and his staff had yet to secure at least one quarterback for their 2019 class had become a great concern, at least for the recruiting analysts who cover every move. They had been turned down by several, and though they had made offers to several more, had been reluctant to take a commitment from one.
But over the weekend, while they were playing host to Mathis, they also made an offer to Brian Maurer of Ocala, Florida, after he made an impressive showing at the “Friday Night Lights” skills camp at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. That evidently helped spur the move from Mathis, who likely rankled Michigan State coaches who in the past have disapproved of players committed to them making official visits elsewhere.
At 6 feet 5, 195 pounds, Mathis is consensus four-star prospect and is ranked ninth among “pro-style” quarterbacks for the 2019 cycle according to the 247sports composite of the major recruiting services. But he is considered to have dual-threat capability.