Florida WR Lists Buckeyes In Top 3

Orlando (Fla.) wide receiver Greg Mathews has the University of Miami at the top of his list. But if the Hurricanes do not step up with a scholarship offer, Mathews could decide between Ohio State and Michigan. Mathews has family in Columbus -- including OSU athletes Teddy Ginn and Ivan Harris. We caught up with Mathews for the latest on his situation.

Wide receiver Greg Mathews from Edgewater High School in Orlando (Fla.) has family ties to the Columbus area and is considering Ohio State.

"Ohio State is in my top five," Mathews said. "They're actually probably third behind Miami and Michigan."

Both OSU and Michigan have offered Mathews a scholarship, but Miami has not.

"I'm hoping they will, but I'm not sure," Mathews said of the Hurricanes.

Mathews (6-3 ½, 190, 4.6) visited Ohio State in July.

"I took an unofficial over the summer," he said. "I'm pretty sure I'll take an official visit there at some point."

Mathews' mother was born and raised in Columbus and still has a lot of family in town.

"I know it gets cold up there," Mathews said with a laugh. "I don't know too much about the school, but my mom is from that area. I've got a lot of family up there. The majority of my mom's side of the family lives in Columbus, so I've got a lot of family up there. My cousin (Ivan Harris) plays on Ohio State's basketball team. I'm also cousins with Teddy Ginn, so I've got a lot of family up there. So, I know it gets cold up there, but I also know they play some good football and football is really important."

Mathews told more about his relationship with Ginn.

"I haven't really talked to him too much recently," he said. "But when I went on the unofficial visit, him and (head coach Jim) Tressel and (wide receivers coach Darrell) Hazell showed me around. And then Teddy went to workout with (former OSU and NFL star) Cris Carter, so I got to meet Cris Carter. And the Cincinnati Bengals head coach (Marvin Lewis) was there too. But I really haven't got a chance to talk with Teddy much since that day."

Harris is a 6-7 junior forward on the Buckeyes' basketball team.

"Well, I haven't talked to him in a while either," Mathews said. "But he's another cousin from my mom's side. I've seen him play a couple times on TV at Ohio State and I saw him when he was in high school when he played against LeBron James on TV."

Mathews makes it no secret that Miami is his favorite school. But if the Hurricanes do not step up with an offer, he will likely choose between OSU and Michigan.

Not only do the Buckeyes and Wolverines have arguably the best rivalry on the field, they also battle each other for top recruits across the land each year.

But as for "The Game" itself, Mathews has already heard all about it.

"My mom told me there is no other rivalry," he said. "It's just pure Ohio versus Michigan rivalry game. I think I'm going to take an official visit to Michigan when they play Ohio State and I'm pretty excited about that.

"Whichever school I go to I don't think I'll hate the other school. I just won't like them very much the day we are playing them."

Mathews' high school team is 7-0 thus far this season.

"We're ranked either number one or two in the state," Mathews said. "We're a big powerhouse."

Mathews estimates that he has 30 catches for 700 yards and 11 touchdowns thus far this season.

Last year, he had 26 receptions for 397 yards and four touchdowns.

Mathews could wait a while until he makes a decision – possibly all the way until signing day – or he could decide much sooner.

"I'm not sure," he said. "I've talked to a couple of my friends who have committed already. They said they just got spoiled on the visit, so I don't know. I might commit on one of my visits if I like what I see."

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