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With Dwan Mathis committed to Michigan State, now what?
Though he hasn’t yet been offered by Ohio State, an argument could be made that right now, Belleville (Mich.) star Dwan Mathis is a top prospect on Ohio State’s quarterback board for the 2019 recruiting class.
That pursuit will now be much tougher, even if the Buckeyes decide to offer. On Saturday, Mathis decided to commit to Michigan State.
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Ohio State quarterback coach Ryan Day reached out to Mathis on Saturday night, but the two didn’t get a chance to speak. You should expect the Buckeyes to continue to monitor Mathis in the next few months, though he’s less likely now to make any public declarations of interest.
Mathis — ranked the No. 6 dual-threat quarterback in the Class of ’19 by the 247Sports composite — has considered Michigan State his dream school for months, but significant interest from the Buckeyes in recent months had piqued his interest. He told Land of 10 he’s comfortable with his choice, however.
“I felt like I put a lot of thought into it,” he said when asked about his decision to commit now. “I feel like that’s a place where I can compete for a spot to play early.”
With Mathis off the board for 2019, Ohio State will continue to focus on the likes of Bo Nix, Grant Tisdale and Michael Johnson Jr., each of whom they’ve already offered. It’s a class that they’ll likely need to take two quarterbacks in.
Ohio State visit wows Noah Potter
The Buckeyes hosted Mentor (Ohio) 2019 defensive end Noah Potter on Saturday. The younger brother of Ohio State sophomore basketball player Micah Potter said this visit to the school was his best yet.
“It was the best visit yet,” Potter told Land of 10. “I talked to Coach [Urban] Meyer for about 10 minutes and I was in the room during his speech before the skull session and the hype video they showed the players was crazy.”
Potter spent a good portion of the pregame being escorted by his brother. That made the trip even more special.
“We’re pretty much best friends,” Noah said of his brother. “We talk all the time even though he’s there. I wish he could go on every recruiting visit with me.”
This particular visit to Columbus was different for the 6-foot-6, 250-pound Potter because he had a lot more time with Ohio State coaches.
“They wanted me down there so the whole staff could focus on me,” Potter said, noting that there’s been a lot of contact since Sept. 1. “[Defensive line] Coach [Larry] Johnson and [running backs coach Tony] Alford text pretty much every day and a lot of the recruiting staff.”
At this point, there’s no offer for Potter but the Buckeyes are watching his tape — tape which has impressed Meyer.
“[Ohio State director of player personnel Mark] Pantoni said he really likes my junior tape,” Potter added. “They put a group of my highlights together and showed it to Coach Meyer and he really likes it.”
Another home run visit for Michael Tarquin
As we mentioned on Thursday, the Buckeyes once again welcomed Florida 2019 offensive lineman Michael Tarquin, his second visit to Ohio State in the last three weeks.
“It was great,” Tarquin told Land of 10. “Just like the last visit. I just really like the coaches and the players.”
The previous visit for Tarquin was for the big home game against Oklahoma, but the atmosphere in Columbus this time around still felt pretty great to the nation’s 19th-best offensive tackle.
“It was the same,” he said of the vibe around Ohio Stadium. “It was awesome.”
Tarquin said the coaching staff was “hype, but composed” pregame and that he spent time on Friday and Saturday with Ohio State O-line coach Greg Studrawa and Buckeyes players.
“It was good to get to know more of the players,” he said. “I spoke with Coach Meyer and Coach Stud on Friday and after the game.”
There is no definite timeline for a decision for Tarquin, but it seems Ohio State has definitely put itself into a lead position for his commitment.