Two days after Ohio State’s reported interest in former five-star quarterback and current Georgia freshman Justin Fields, the Buckeyes’ longtime signal-caller commitment in its 2019 recruiting class flipped to the Bulldogs.
Four-star quarterback Dwan Mathis announced Wednesday at his high school ceremony in Oak Park, Mich., that he would sign with UGA. The 6-6, 205-pounder originally committed June 24 to OSU — flipping from Michigan State in the process.
— Justin Rogers (@AllAmerican52JR) December 19, 2018
Mathis first pledged to Iowa State in February 2017, dropping from the Cyclones’ class four months later and deciding on the Spartans’ squad that September. Earlier this year, Ohio State reentered his recruitment May 3 with an offer and he completed the flip from MSU later that next month.
Mathis unofficially visited Columbus on several occasions, starting Sept. 22 for Ohio State’s 49-6 rout of Tulane and following up throughout the fall. Reports of Fields’ plans to transfer from Georgia popped up Sunday, however, continuing into Monday.
The Buckeyes are now without a quarterback for the current cycle. OSU has sophomore Dwayne Haskins, redshirt freshman Tate Martell, freshman Matthew Baldwin, junior Chris Chugunov, sophomore Kory Curtis and freshman Danny Vanatsky on its roster at the position.
Haskins, however, may leave for the NFL after Jan. 1 when No. 6 Ohio State (12-1) plays No. 9 Washington (10-3) in the Rose Bowl at 5 p.m. ET. Should the Buckeyes’ starter depart after one season, Martell, Baldwin and Chugunov would be the remaining scholarship quarterbacks with Curtis and Vanatsky as OSU’s walk-on players.
Mathis is the 247Sports composite’s No. 261 overall prospect, No. 9 pro-style passer and No. 7 player in Michigan.
SIGNED ✅ #ATD
— Georgia Football (@FootballUGA) December 19, 2018