Greg Mathews Talks About Being a Wolverine

On Sunday, wide receiver Greg Mathews of Edgewater High School in Orlando, Fla., became the ninth commitment for Michigan in the 2006 recruiting year. He recently spoke with about his decision, and whether he would take other visits.

Miami was the leader throughout the year for Edgewater High School standout Greg Mathews. The only thing keeping three-star wide receiver from committing to the Hurricanes was an offer. He made no bones about the fact that if Miami offered, he would commit on the spot. Well, the hoped-for offer never materialized, and another U-M - one that had offered over a month ago - had been paying the talented player the kind of attention he sought. As such Michigan became the recipient of his pledge to sign a letter-of-intent come Signing Day. "I liked the atmosphere up there and chillin' with the players," Mathews said. "I wanted to commit when they offered but my parents wanted me to take my visits and make sure. I don't need to look anywhere else, I feel in my heart it's Michigan."

However, the 6-foot-3, 190-pound wideout said he would take an official visit to Florida State, and possibly to Ohio State. "My mom still wants me to take those visits," he said. "I know she is a Buckeye and she doesn't have to agree with my decision, but she respects it."

Mathews said is host was Morgan Trent, and that the two hit it off well. He also spoke highly of his recruiter - Michigan wide receivers coach Erik Campbell. I really like Coach Campbell a lot," Mathews said. "He's one of the best coaches in the country and he's a great person."

There was also talk during the visit of Mathews getting a chance to wear the coveted No. 1 jersey. "We went to dinner with Coach Carr and Coach Campbell," he said. "Coach Carr said I could compete for the No. 1 jersey. I know how special that is for Michigan wide receivers so it meant a lot to me. I know Braylon Edwards was the last to wear it. As a matter of fact I got to talk to him (Edwards) and he said he'd work with me when I got up to Michigan. That is special that he would do that, I mean he's a big superstar and an alum, and he'd come to school to work with me."

While Mathews most likely won't be making it back up to Ann Arbor before summer, he will be getting some Michigan visitors. "Coach Carr and Coach Campbell said they would be coming to visit me in December," Mathews said. "They also told me that if they go to the Outback Bowl that I could come by for some practices. I have family up there so I could do that."

So, what if Miami decides to offer? "I think they have who they want," he said. "They invited me to go to the Georgia Tech game, but I was in Michigan. They told me a coach was going to come by one of my games but he never showed up. I'm sticking with Michigan."

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