The decision of 5-star Georgia freshman QB Justin Fields to transfer has had wide-ranging impacts across college football in recent days.
On Wednesday, notably, it led to Georgia managing to sign 4-star QB Dwan Mathis out of Michigan, who had previously been committed to Ohio State.
Per The Detroit News, Mathis didn’t know if Fields would be transferring to Ohio State or not (the Buckeyes are one of the front-runners to land him), so he decided to head to Georgia — a team that only has one scholarship quarterback at the moment:
“I just signed with Georgia,” Mathis told The Detroit News. “It’s not always about Justin Fields. I didn’t know if Fields was going to Ohio State so I decided to go to a place that I had the best chance of playing at in a couple of years.
“I’ve been wavering back and forth for the last couple of days, but I decided today (Wednesday) really. I decided to go to Georgia because of my chances of playing more. They only have one quarterback on scholarship on their roster (Jake Fromm). I’m enrolling early, can’t wait to get there.”
If Mathis redshirts next fall, he may be in line to start as a redshirt freshman, as Jake Fromm could opt to leave for the NFL after his junior season.
However, Mathis may have to wait until 2021 to take over the reins of the Georgia program, and a lot could change by then.