Warren De La Salle had tough defense and ease on offense in a win over Oak Park in the Michigan high school football playoffs.
Chris Allen, Special to the Detroit Free Press
If it’s left up to Dwan Mathis and new Ohio State football coach Ryan Day, the dominance over the Michigan Wolverines will continue.
Mathis met with his new coach at Oak Park on Wednesday, and his father, Terence Mathis, said the relationship is as strong as ever and his son would be signing his national letter of intent next Wednesday.
“They had a great meeting,’’ Terence said. “He’s 100 percent going there.’’
The big question for the senior quarterback now is will he graduate early and take advantage of winter conditioning and spring practice or wait to matriculate to Columbus in the summer of 2019?
His father said that decision would be coming soon.
With Dwayne Haskins, a Heisman Trophy finalist, projected as a top 10 pick in the upcoming National Football League draft, Mathis could be in line to backup redshirt freshman Tate Martell, a former 5-star prospect who backed up Haskins, a redshirt sophomore, this season.
Mathis is on the Knights’ basketball team with Division 1 prospect Maliq Carr, who is being recruited as a wide receiver and small forward.
Despite Urban Meyer’s suspension and announced retirement, Mathis, a dual threat at 6-foot-5, has not wavered from his commitment since de-committing from Michigan State over the summer.
Toutant commits to Penn State
Penn State first spotted Grant Toutant when he was a freshman at a prospect’s camp at Wayne State.
In 2018, the junior offensive tackle started his first season at Warren De La Salle. A day after the Pilots won their second straight Division 2 state title, the 6-foot-7, 300-pound Toutant committed to the Nittany Lions.
“It just has a nice feel to the place,’’ Toutant said before basketball practice on Wednesday. “I really liked it there. I have a real good relationship with the coaches since I’ve been building since my freshman year. They followed through. I had a really good conversation with the offensive line coach, coach (Matt) Limegrover. He told me what I needed to do to get an offer. They followed through and told me I checked all the boxes and they were going to offer me.’’
During the season Toutant, a 3-star per 247Sports Composite, picked up offers from Duke, Wisconsin, Pittsburgh and Indiana.
“They have everything I was looking for,’’ said Toutant. “They have a great academic program. They told me a lot of things over the summer I needed to work on like my footwork and pass-blocking. I continued to work on that. My hands and my strength I’m still working on. I’m just trying to get stronger everyday and keep improving.’’