‘No concerns’: Oak Park’s Dwan Mathis solid with Ohio State despite controversy

Rod Beard
The Detroit News
Dwan Mathis

Oak Park — Dwan Mathis started Monday’s first practice of the fall at Oak Park High School without much of a concern about his college future.

Most of the worry and handwringing is behind him, having switched his college decision from Michigan State to Ohio State in June. Mathis, a 6-foot-5 senior quarterback, remains steadfast in his commitment to the Buckeyes — even with the controversy brewing around the program and head coach Urban Meyer during the past week.

Meyer is being investigated about his handling of information regarding domestic abuse allegations against one of his former assistant coaches, Zach Smith. 

Mathis said Monday he remains committed to Ohio State and whether Meyer stays or goes doesn’t have much bearing on his status. Mathis is focused more on the Buckeyes' track record of developing dual-threat quarterbacks and putting them in the NFL.

“No concerns,” Mathis said. “It’s (more about) the development.”

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The recent lineage of Ohio State quarterbacks includes Braxton Miller, Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett, and all helped the Buckeyes contend in the Big Ten and on a national stage before continuing their careers professionally.

Mathis sees himself as the next in that progression.

“Most of the QBs are playing in the NFL. Braxton is at wide receiver, Cardale is at quarterback and J.T. at QB just signed with the Saints for a couple years. I’m not worried about any of that (controversy),” said Mathis, who is ranked the No. 6 player overall in Michigan by 247Sports.

Mathis decommitted from Michigan State, seeing more of an opportunity for his versatile skill set to flourish with the Buckeyes, after taking a visit in June.

“It’s just the dual-threat game they put together. They’re fond of it and they love dual-threat QBs,” he said. “Some schools don’t; they like pro-style quarterbacks. I just went to the school that fit me the best.”