Oak Park's Dwan Mathis: No negative recruiting against Ohio State

David Goricki
The Detroit News
Oak Park quarterback Dwan Mathis, running the ball in the fourth quarter Thursday, says he remains firmly committed to Ohio State.

Detroit — Four-star quarterback Dwan Mathis ran for a pair of touchdowns and threw for another to help No. 4 Oak Park to a 31-13 victory over No. 13 Utica Eisenhower in the Prep Kickoff Classic at Adams Field on Thursday night.

Mathis decommitted from Michigan State, switching to Ohio State earlier this summer, but the Buckeyes' program has been in turmoil over the domestic-abuse allegations against one of Urban Meyer's former assistants, Zach Smith.

Ohio State suspended Meyer for three games on Wednesday for mishandling repeated professional and behavior problems of Smith, who was fired.

Mathis told The Detroit News on the first day of practice a couple of weeks ago that he remains committed to Ohio State and whether Meyer stays or goes doesn’t have much bearing on his status.

“No concerns,” Mathis said at the time, adding, “it’s more about the development (of Mathis as a quarterback).”

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After the game Thursday night, Mathis said he felt the same: “Yes, of course I’m still committed. I’m not bothered. Everything is good.”

Mathis said he has not been subjected to negative recruiting by rival coaches during Ohio State's investigation.

“Actually, no coaches have called,” Mathis said.

Meanwhile, Oak Park four-star junior offensive lineman Justin Rogers also is still interested in Ohio State. He also has dozens of other offers, including national champion Alabama.

“Ohio State’s definitely in the mix,” said Rogers. “I just talked to Coach (Greg) Studrawa, the offensive line coach, today before the game. Really though, I put all that other stuff behind. I’m just focused on the season right now.”