Oak Park (Mich.) quarterback Dwan Mathis made the toughest decision of his life Sunday afternoon when he flipped his commitment from Michigan State to Ohio State.
According to Terence Mathis, his father, Dwan gained permission from the Michigan State staff to visit OSU. The family was blown away by coach Urban Meyer and his staff, and the dual-threat quarterbacks the program has developed over the years: Terrelle Pryor, Braxton Miller and J.T. Barrett.
Dwan Mathis, a 4-star prospect, is the No. 251-ranked player in the class of 2019, according to the 247Sports composite.
Terence Mathis said the entire family made the trip to Columbus on Friday and Dwan had a chance to spend a lot of time with Dwayne Haskins, another dual-threat quarterback slated to start this fall for the Buckeyes. Michigan fans saw Haskins last November, when he came in for an injured Barrett to lead the Buckeyes to victory.
It was too much for young Mathis to resist.
“Coach Meyer has nine quarterbacks in the NFL who were all drafted in the first round,” said Terence Mathis. “When Dwan looked at that and got a chance to meet with the coaching staff and how they develop dual-threat quarterbacks … he wants to win and he wants to win a national championship. It wasn’t anything that Michigan State didn’t do. He’s a Michigan kid that will be playing in Ohio. He has a great relationship with the Michigan State staff. He’ll root for Michigan State until they play Ohio State. The decision nearly brought him to tears, but in the long run he made what he thought was the best decision. The whole family was overwhelmed.”
Mathis, listed at 6 feet 5 and 195 pounds, becomes the lone quarterback in the OSU class. He committed to MSU in November of 2017.
“We’ve played phone tag with Michigan State, but he’ll be reaching out to Coach (Dantonio) soon,” said Terence Mathis. “I just want people to know how hard it was for him to make this decision. Dwayne was really excited for him and he’s someone Dwan can learn from.”