Yet another verbally committed player has decided to switch their commitment over to Ohio State. Dwan Mathis, a 4-star quarterback flipped his commitment over from Michigan State on June 24. Urban Meyer has a history of doing this and it was no different with Dwan Mathis at quarterback. There have been questions around who would be the quarterback in Ohio State’s 2019 class, but this should help relieve some Buckeye fans worries.
Mathis had committed to Michigan State on September 23 and didn’t receive an offer from Ohio State until May 3. He claimed that he was fully committed to Michigan State and would not switch. However, that was not the case.
Mathis gained permission from the coaching staff at Michigan State to visit Ohio State this past Friday and attended Ohio State’s Friday Night Lights Camp. Ohio State’s commitment to the dual-threat quarterback is what ultimately caused Mathis to switch over. The success Urban Meyer’s staff had with J.T. Barrett had to be the selling point for Mathis.
Mathis is 6-5 and 200 pounds and he is from Belleville, Mich. which is just 30 minutes southwest of Detroit. Mathis’ size will catch your eye when you first watch him play. He stands in the pocket, shows exceptional footwork and a strong arm. He lacks the elite speed that players at the Division I level usually have, but J.T. Barrett was never incredibly fast like a Braxton Miller and he was still able to have great success running the ball at Ohio State.
The size of Mathis reminds me immediately of Terrelle Pryor when I look at him. I believe that he will be a better passer than Pryor, but may not have as much success running the ball. Mathis’ success running the football will have to do with how Ohio State’s game plan works. His 40-yard dash was a 4.67 as compared to Pryor’s 4.38. All in all this signing looks like a big win for the Buckeyes.
Ohio State sits at the No. 10 spot in 247’s composite recruiting rankings and are in second in the Big Ten rankings behind Michigan.