Greg Mathews North for Weekend; U-M Leader

Orlando, Fla., star wide receiver Greg Mathews will be taking the first official visit of his recruiting year when he heads north to Ann Arbor this weekend. The three-star standout will be accompanied by his mother, who took some time out to let know all about her talented son, and her thoughts on her son's college choices.

Wide receiver Greg Mathews of Edgewater High School in Orlando, Fla., has made it no secret throughout his recruiting that Miami is the team to beat for his services, with the Michigan Wolverines a close second. However, the lack of an offer from the 'Canes has caused the three-star wideout to recently change his order of preference. "Michigan is probably my leader right now," Mathews told on Nov. 14.

Mathews will be taking his first official visit this weekend, traveling with his mom to Ann Arbor to take in the next edition of what is widely considered the most storied rivalry in all of sports -- Michigan and Ohio State. Lesia Mathews filled in on why the trip is more significant then just a chance to be a part of a great tradition. "I'm from Columbus, Ohio," she said. "My mom taught at Ohio State for 35-years and I grew up with the Michigan - Ohio State rivalry. There is nothing else like it anywhere in the world. I love the Big Ten and we're so excited that Greg has the chance to be a part of it."

Mrs. Mathews admitted that she does have a preference on where her son attends school. "I'd love it if he went to Ohio State," she said. "They are recruiting him hard and this weekend will be a great opportunity for him to see both teams. Of course he just loves Michigan and is so excited about the trip. But in the end it is his decision and we're just happy that he'll have the opportunity to go to college."

She said her husband is from Florida, and joins her son in his choice of favorite locales. "Both of them like the Florida schools," she said. "Greg really does like Miami but they haven't offered. He doesn't want to wait around too long and lose out on the other opportunities available to him, so he is taking his other visits. We want him to take all five of his visits before he decides."

Mrs. Mathews said no other official visits have been set up at this time.

The Michigan - Ohio State clash is alive and well in the Mathews' household. The Wolverines first contacted Greg as a sophomore, as U-M coach Erik Campbell stopped by Edgewater while on a recruiting visit for another player. "Coach Campbell came down to see someone else, and he spotted Greg," Mrs. Mathews said. "He gave him his card and Greg came home and put it on our refrigerator. I got home from work that evening and saw this Michigan card on my refrigerator and said 'What is this Michigan garbage doing on my 'fridge, get that junk off of there'. Of course Greg told me what had happened at school that day, so I let him keep it up there. Since then coach Campbell has been so good to Greg. He calls us every week and was down here not too long ago. He is very courteous and polite; a lot of the coaches who call us are very rude, and we won't talk to them."

The Mathews are a military family, with mom and dad both retired from the service. "Greg was born in Hawai'i and probably spent the most formative years of his life in California," Lesia said. "We were stationed in Oxnard and in Lemoore, and he learned to play sports there. He won a punt, pass, and kick contest when we lived in Lemoore. Baseball was his first love, but he knew that football would be the sport that would get him a scholarship so he began to really focus on that."

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Mathews also plays is also a starter on the Edgewater basketball team, Mrs. Mathews said.

On Friday, Edgewater advanced in the Class 6A, Region 1 playoffs by defeating East Ridge 27-24 in overtime. The game started as a receivers duel between Mathews and East Ridge star Richard Jackson. Mathews' touchdown reception with 13 seconds remaining in the first half, a 30-yard strike from quarterback Robert Arnheim, tied the game at 14. Jackson left the game late in the first half after suffering a concussion. "Greg was named the Orange County 6A Player of the Year," Mrs. Mathews said, "So it was really great that he got to go up against a player like Richard Jackson and do so well." Edgewater will take on Lake Brantley on Friday.

With her son's team still alive in the playoffs, the Mathews' will catch an early Saturday flight to Ann Arbor. After the visit Mrs. Mathews said she will head down to Columbus to spend time with her mother, who will undergo surgery today, while Greg will return home.

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