When 4-star quarterback Dwan Mathis committed to Michigan State back in September it was a big deal for head coach Mark Dantonio and rest of the coaching staff.
The 6-5 prospect out of Oak Park High School in Michigan had the arm and mobility to be a game changer in the future for a Spartan program that has done a good job developing signal-callers. Well, that plan has since changed as Mathis announced via Twitter his de-commitment from Michigan State and his commitment to Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes.
While missing out on the Elite 11 finalist and top 300 prospect is definitely a let down for what is shaping up to be an impressive 2019 class, the Spartans still have plenty of time to find other quarterback prospects if they so desire. The bigger question is will this de-commitment have a domino effect on the remaining commits?
Mathis has been one of the more vocal recruits when it comes to social media, as he had been in contact with other Michigan State commits and targets, especially 4-star CB commit Julian Barnett and 5-star OT commit Devonte Dobbs. Both of whom play within the same area as Mathis in Belleville, MI. It doesn’t seem Mathis’ departure from the Spartans class has had any impact on Barnett’s or Dobbs’ commitment for the time being, although Dantonio may want to keep an eye on that school in Columbus.
Other quarterback targets for Michigan State?
So if Michigan State is still intent on adding a quarterback for its 2019 class, where could they look potentially?
Sam Johnson, Walled Lake Western (MI), 3-star
The quarterback class is noticeably thin in the state of Michigan for the class of 2019. Mathis was the top prospect at the position. Sam Johnson, a 6-4 recruit, has a similar build to Mathis and, like the Oak Park star, a pretty strong arm. While Johnson is already committed to Boston College, it’s not inconceivable that Michigan State could flip the Walled Lake Western star quarterback who has played with current Spartans wide receiver Cody White and offensive tackle commit Spencer Brown.