Offer Was The Difference For Mathews

When receiver Greg Mathews of Orlando (Fla.) Edgewater high school received a scholarship offer from Michigan, that may have been the beginning of the end of his recruitment. We have more on his decision.

For quite some time during his recruitment, Orlando (Fla.) Edgewater receiver Greg Mathews was listing Miami as a favorite with Michigan and Ohio State next in line. Things changes quickly though when he received a scholarship offer from Michigan, something other schools did not do.

"Michigan came in over a month ago with an offer," said Greg's mother Lisa. "That mattered. They came in on him and stayed with it. A number of schools, Florida State and Ohio State to name a couple, have stayed in touch, but Michigan put the offer on the table."

Mathews has family connections to Ohio State, but after his official visit to Michigan this weekend, he decided to make a verbal commitment to the Wolverines.

"Greg really liked the visit," Mrs. Mathews said. "He has developed a relationship with coach (Erik) Campbell. 

"As far as my husband and I are concerned we would have liked to have Greg see some other schools but Greg is comfortable with his decision. He is at peace with it. He has been around to see all three of the programs in Florida and really liked them. He knows the coaches and the the programs. He camped at Miami, Michigan and Ohio State. We wanted him to get the full experience that comes with an official visit but he wanted to commit. He is tired of the process."

There was some talk about his academics but it may not be an issue.

"I am hearing that Greg is not qualified," Mrs. Mathews said. "Michigan is considered a top academic school. He is qualified as far as they are concerned."

Lisa Mathews said that not every school is going to give up on Greg even though he has made a commitment.

"We have heard from a number of schools that they will continue to recruit him," she said. "This was his decision to commit and it will be his decision if he visits any other schools."

Mathews has 13 touchdowns and over 1000 yards receiving this year.

"Last week his team was down 10 points in the fourth quarter," Mrs. Mathews said. "Greg caught four passes for 161 yards in four minutes to rally his team to the win."

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