Dwan Mathis calls Ohio State 'perfect fit' after flipping from Michigan State

By David Goricki
The Detroit News
Oak Park will look to Dwan Mathis, who switched his commitment from Michigan State to Ohio State in June, to take a bigger leadership role with the team.

Oak Park four-star quarterback Dwan Mathis has a change of plans, saying he will play football at Ohio State instead of Michigan State.

Mathis, who committed to MSU last fall, made his decision known on Twitter Sunday that he was flipping.

Mathis received an offer before he ever started high school when he was offered by Akron. He started his prep career at Belleville before moving on to play for Greg Carter at Oak Park his sophomore year.

Mathis, a 6-4, 200-pound dual-threat quarterback, took his official visit to Columbus to be a part of Ohio State’s Friday Night Lights camp. He talked about his decision Monday morning.

“I took my official visit this past weekend, talked to the coaches about the offense and it’s a perfect fit for me, like with the way they use the quarterback and the stuff that they do with him,” Mathis told The Detroit News. “I talked to Coach (Urban) Meyer and Coach (Ryan) Day, told them I was committing to them when I was there.

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“I went with my mom and dad. I’ve been there before, but didn’t get to see much. I had the chance to really get a look at everything this time around.”

Mathis plans to major in communications and business and would like to be a sports broadcaster. 

Mathis will be competing with Oak Park in the Sound Mind Sound Body 7-on-7 Detroit Showcase at Grosse Pointe Liggett on Thursday.

Mathis feels he has multiple weapons to work with, including 6-6 junior Maliq Carr, a three-star receiver who has offers from Iowa, Missouri, Kentucky and Boston College; running back Torriano Richardson, the younger brother of former Oak Park RB John Kelly; and RB Phillip Stewart.

Regarding the upcoming season, Mathis says: “The area that I need to improve on is getting stronger, running with a little more anger.”

Mathis will have plenty of time to work on his running during his senior year, working behind an offensive line that includes five-star junior Justin Rogers.

Rogers is the top-ranked junior in the state and owns offers from Ohio State, Alabama, Georgia and three dozen other schools.

Mathis' mother Dawn McFarlin — a teacher at McBride Middle School in Belleville — said it was a tough decision for her son, switching to OSU.

"I told Dwan that it doesn't happen always the way you planned and I know for a fact that it was an emotional decision for him," McFarlin said. "He was very torn, but at the end of the day he made the best decision for himself and his academic career. I want him to be successful."