ATHENS — Georgia football is getting a quarterback in Dwan Mathis who will put winning and hard work above all else, according to his former trainer, Daryl Graham.
“Dwan Mathis is a great kid, and a very athletic competitor,” Graham told DawgNation on Wednesday. “Georgia is getting a hard-working player who wants to win.”
Mathis is a 6-foot-6, 210-pound 4-star dual-threat quarterback from Oak Park High School just outside of Detroit who has officially signed with the Bulldogs.
Mathis was 110-of-176 passing last season with 20 touchdowns. As a three-year starter, he passed for more than 5,000 yards and rushed for more than 2,000 yards.
Terence Mathis, Dwan’s father, told DawgNation that his son was thrilled to talk with the Georgia staff on Sunday and receive the offer to enroll early and be a part of the football program.
The process to get Mathis enrolled in January is underway, and the family is optimistic it will take place without complication.
Dwan Mathis has been in the recruiting pipeline since seventh grade, when Michigan State first took note of him and put him on their 2019 recruiting board.
Through his development and time at the Sound Mind Sound Body Camp in Detroit, the Spartans, the University of Michigan and Ohio State all had exposure to him.
Mathis visited Georgia unofficially on July 15, 2017.
“Dwan has been blessed, but he has worked hard to get to where he is at,” Terence Mathis said. “He received his first offers in the eighth grade from Akron and Cincinnati, and the offers grew from there.
“Dwan is a team player who wants to win championships, he doesn’t fear competition.”
Mathis’ first commitment was to Michigan State (Sept. 23, 2017), and then he changed over to Ohio State (June 24, 2018).
“But now Georgia has presented a great opportunity for my son, and we’ve been informed that if he does his part as a student-athlete, he’ll have the opportunity to be the No. 2 quarterback on the depth chart this fall.
“Dwan understands the program and the role he has been recruited for, to learn from the current quarterback and not be divisive or cause any problems. He respects the head coach and Coach (Jim) Chaney and he is ready to come in and put his head down and go to work.”
Terrence Mathis said the main attraction for his son at Georgia is the opportunity to grow with a team competing for multiple national championships.
“Dwan is a student of the game, and he saw what Georgia did last season, and how they’ve been a play away from national championships,” Terrence Mathis said. “He’s been to Georgia and liked it, so when he told me he talked to Georgia I said ‘get the coaches on the phone.’
“I talked to the offensive coordinator, Coach Chaney, and I was sold. Our family is thankful for this blessed opportunity to be a part of Georgia.”
Above all else,
Dwan Mathis / photo courtesy Terence Mathis