Dwan Mathis' Flip to Georgia Leaves Ohio State Needing an Immediate Transfer and an Additional 2020 Quarterback

By Kevin Harrish on December 19, 2018 at 10:37 am
Dwan Mathis flip to Georgia leaves Ohio State without a quarterback in the 2019 class.

Dwan Mathis' flip to Georgia leaves the Buckeyes without a quarterback in the 2019 class and provides a big hit to Ohio State's quarterback depth next season and moving forward.

That's a problem the Buckeyes will likely look to solve with an immediate transfer quarterback – possibly Justin Fields from Georgia – as well as an additional quarterback in the 2020 class.

With Dwayne Haskins likely leaving for the NFL and Mathis signing elsewhere, Ohio State has just Tate Martell, Matthew Baldwin and Chris Chugunov as scholarship quarterbacks, and Chugunov was brought in as a graduate transfer to add depth this season.

That puts the Buckeyes in need of a quarterback who can play immediately – at least to add immediate depth to a depleted position – as well as one who can do the same for the more distant future.

To solve the immediate issue, Ohio State will almost certainly turn to a transfer quarterback. The most obvious and noteworthy candidate is Fields, a former five-star prospect currently at Georgia. Fields is reportedly plans to transfer from Georgia and seek a hardship waiver from the NCAA for immediate eligibility, and Ohio State is reportedly his favored destination.

If fields goes elsewhere – he's also reportedly considering Oklahoma and Florida State – Ohio State is still likely to seek a transfer quarterback, and there will be several on the market this offseason. Alabama transfer Jalen Hurts and Notre Dame transfer Brandon Wimbush were two options suggested by Pete Thamel of Yahoo! Sports.

That still leaves the Buckeyes needed future depth at the position, which they'll likely address in the 2020 class. Ohio State currently holds a commitment from four-star 2020 quarterback Jack Miller, but will likely take another in the class.

One name to watch is four-star quarterback Jalen Suggs out of Minneapolis, though he's also a five-star point guard and may choose to play basketball in college instead.

An in-state option could be three-star quarterback Demeatric Crenshaw. Though he does not currently hold an Ohio State offer, he is the highest-rated quarterback in the state out of Pickerington Central High school.

There are still a number of ways it could play out, but Mathis' flip almost certainly means an incoming transfer as well as another 2020 quarterback for the Buckeyes.

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