Winton Woods' 4-star recruit Jermaine Mathews Jr. releases Final 6 schools

Shelby Dermer
Cincinnati Enquirer

Winton Woods' 2023 athlete Jermaine Mathews Jr. has trimmed a lengthy offer sheet to just a half-dozen college football programs. 

The four-star recruit released his Final 6 schools on Wednesday afternoon on Twitter, naming Ohio State, University of Cincinnati, Oklahoma, Jackson State, LSU and Penn State as the schools still in contention. 

Mathews picked up an offer from LSU on June 16 after an expressive showing at the LSU Elite Camp. 

On3.com writer Charles Power listed Mathews as one of the most impressive athletes at the camp. 

From Power

"Cornerback Jermaine Mathews made a strong case for the most impressive showing on either day. The Cincinnati Winton Woods defensive back worked out on Thursday morning and was outstanding overall. Mathews measured at over 5-foot-11 and around 175 pounds with plus-length for the position. He tested well, turning in a few 40-yard dashes in the 4.4 second range. Mathews was an obvious standout in drill work, 1-on-1’s and 7-on-7. His physical traits transferred over to those live situations. He was fluid and controlled in coverage, effortlessly flipping his hips and effectively using his length. We saw Mathews give up very few completions, while making numerous plays on the ball. Simply put, he looked like a national cornerback prospect."

Mathews is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 10 recruit in Ohio for the Class of 2023. Mathews offer sheet included over 40 football programs from 10 different conferences, including three independents (Connecticut, Liberty, Massachusetts). He holds eight offers from the MAC and Big 10. 

Winton Woods' Jermaine Mathews Jr. is the No. 10 recruit in Ohio for the Class of 2023, per 247sports.

Mathews was a second-team all-district and first-team All-Eastern Cincinnati Conference selection last season as a junior. He registered 44 tackles, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and five interceptions, helping lead Winton Woods to a Division II state championship. He also had two punt return touchdowns in a 40-13 win over Milford.