first_imgohio state's new head coach ryan dayCOLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 08: Acting head coach Ryan Day of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on before the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Ohio Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Four-star quarterback Dwan Mathis’ flip from Ohio State to Georgia was one of the biggest surprises of the early signing period. As you’d imagine, the Justin Fields rumors that popped up right around that time played a major part.Just ahead of the early signing period, word came out that Fields was considering a transfer from Georgia, just one year into his college career.Fields, a five-star member of the 2018 class, was one of the top quarterback recruits in recent memory.At No. 2 in the country overall, Fields was only ranked behind Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence. Unlike Lawrence, he was unable to overtake sophomore Jake Fromm, who led Georgia to the national title, and took a step forward as UGA’s QB1 this season.Ohio State quickly emerged as the leading candidate to land Fields, and he made it official this week.Dwan Mathis would up essentially taking Justin Fields’ spot at Georgia, after the Ohio State staff told him they were not recruiting the coveted transfer.He recently spoke to DawgNation‘s Mike Griffith, and explained how things went down from his end.From the interview:Former Bulldogs’ backup Justin Fields had been talking with the Buckeyes about transferring into Columbus, leading Mathis to consider other options.“I called before I went in to sign, I had papers from both schools in front of me,” Mathis said. “… I asked if they were talking to Justin Fields, and I got a ‘No’ ”Mathis, however, said all signs on social media suggested otherwise, and he originally been enticed to come to Georgia during a visit in July of 2017.Where Georgia’s quarterback room was the more stacked situation at the time of Mathis’ commitment to Ohio State, the two schools have totally flipped. Fromm is now the only experienced QB in Athens, with the transfers of Fields and Jacob Eason to Washington last year, while Ohio State will feature yet another heated quarterback battle between Fields and Tate Martell, if Fields is granted immediate eligibility.It’s not a great look for Ohio State, but unfortunately this type of thing isn’t that uncommon in recruiting, especially in the lead-up to players signing their Letters of Intent.Good on Mathis for doing the due diligence on his situation, and not getting blindsided here.[DawgNation]last_img