Michigan State quarterback commit Dwan Mathis was offered by Ohio State recently, and on Saturday, when he attended the Nike Opening Regional in Canton, Ohio, many of the questions the media had for him centered around that offer and any potential interest in the Buckeyes.
“That’s been a question that’s been circling around,” the Oak Park junior said. “I look at it as a blessing. It didn’t come when I wanted it at Friday Night Lights, but now it happened, so I feel like I’m really humbled to have it.”
The timing of the offer was not discussed with Mathis when the Buckeyes spoke to him and offered.
“They really didn’t give me an insight on why they didn’t do it or anything like that, they just always said stay patient and told me just trust the process, we’re going to come and get you, and they did.”
Mathis was on campus Sunday at Ohio State. That came following a camp he attended with teammates in the Columbus area. Those teammates, including highly touted offensive lineman Justin Rogers, have the Buckeyes high on their lists. These visits, Mathis says, are more out of convenience and ride-sharing than they are about interest in any other schools.
“Right now, I’m 100 percent committed to Michigan State,” he said. “I don’t see myself going anywhere else — maybe if I’m in the car with some of my teammates and we stop somewhere, then so be it.”
Following his stop at Ohio State, Mathis spoke to Bill Kurelic of Bucknuts and reiterated his point again.
“Not much has changed really,” he said. “I’m just in the recruiting process. It will handle itself. I’m still firmly committed to Michigan State.”
Mathis has been committed to the Spartans since last September. He was previously committed to Iowa State before that. The 247Sports Composite ranks him as the No. 5 junior recruit in the state of Michigan.
4-star RB to take official visit
Detroit Cass Tech running back Jaren Mangham said Saturday that he does not know where all five of his official visits will be yet, but he does know Michigan State and Oregon will be two of them.
The four-star junior, who holds 50 scholarship offers, is also considering Texas, Texas A&M, Florida State, Colorado, Arkansas and many more for those final three visit spots. Some of these officials will take place this summer, but he also plans to schedule some for the fall.
Mangham, a 6-foot-1, 215-pound back with excellent receiving skills, last visited Michigan State on April 7 for the Spartans’ annual spring game.
He was offered by the Spartans last February, and has been visiting Michigan State since he was in middle school.
MSU offers sophomore LB
Woodbridge (Va.) linebacker Antoine Sampah was offered a scholarship by Michigan State on Wednesday.
Sampah, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound standout, already has a long list of offers which includes Alabama, Ohio State, LSU, Nebraska, and more.
Sampah was the Occoquan Region Defensive Player of the Year last fall playing inside linebacker for his team.
Allen Trieu covers Midwest football recruiting for 247Sports. He has been featured on the Big Ten Network on its annual Signing Day Show. His Michigan and Michigan State recruiting columns appear weekly at detroitnews.com.