4-star QB Dwan Mathis commits to Spartans

Michigan State landed a commitment from 4-star Oak Park (Mich.) quarterback Dwan Mathis, the junior announced Saturday while visiting the campus.

Ranked the No. 6 prospect in Michigan and the No. 6 dual-threat QB in the nation per the 247Sports composite, Mathis becomes the second player to commit to Michigan State’s 2019 class. He joins 4-star Walled Lake (Mich.) Western offensive tackle Spencer Brown, who pledged to the Spartans in July.

Mathis previously was committed to Iowa State for four months before reopening his recruitment in June. He received an offer from Michigan State while visiting three weeks later.

“As you go around their facilities,” Mathis said after the offer, “you see that they produce quarterbacks: Brian Hoyer, Connor Cook, Kirk Cousins. If I go there, I know that I will go to the NFL if I produce.”

Mathis’ commitment shows the continuation of efforts by Michigan State to bring in quarterbacks who can make plays with their feet. The Spartans’ starter, Brian Lewerke, leads the team with 150 rushing yards through two games. A 2018 commit, Theo Day, also feels his running ability has been underestimated. He accrued 85 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground Friday.

But it’s not just about the athleticism for the 6-foot, 5-inch Mathis. He also possesses impressive arm strength that has led to offers from Cincinnati, Kentucky and Pittsburgh. Ohio State has shown considerable interest as well.

Now the Spartans hope to land one of Mathis’ teammates, 5-star offensive guard Justin Rogers. The sophomore ranks No. 1 at his position and is 25th nationally. The two have discussed the possibility of playing together.

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