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FOOTBALL RECRUITING NOTEBOOK: Iowa State snags young pup Oak Park signal-caller Mathis WITH PHOTOS

  • Dwan Mathis quarterbacked Oak Park into the playoffs last fall as a sophomore. The dual-threat dynamo under center committed to Iowa State this week, pulling one of the best at his position off the board for the state's Class of 2019.

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Deciding to get his college plans sewed up before he’s even half-done with high school, Oak Park standout sophomore quarterback Dwan Mathis committed to Iowa State of the Big 12 this week. Back in the fall, Mathis (6-foot-5, 185 pounds), a dynamic dual-threat field general and natural athlete, led Oak Park to a 7-4 record and into the second round of the playoffs in his first season as a starter at the varsity level.

Mathis chose Iowa State over other early offers from Kentucky, Cincinnati, Toledo, Akron and Central Michigan. He also stars in the frontcourt on Oak Park’s basketball team.

Iowa State has been hitting the recruiting trail hard in Oakland County lately. The Cyclones’ Class of 2017 recruiting crop includes Orchard Lake St. Mary’s cornerback Richie Bowens and Walled Lake Western offensive tackle Rob Hudson. Bowens graduated early from St. Mary’s and enrolled in classes at Iowa State’s Ames campus in January.

Rising like the sun

Novi Detroit Catholic Central offensive lineman Nick Carey is the hottest football recruit in the county right now. Since the beginning of the month, the 6-foot-7, 295-pound tackle has earned scholarship offers from Buffalo, Kent State, Toledo, Bowling Green and Ball State. Carey took an unofficial visit to Michigan State last week and will be visiting Purdue this weekend.

Prospecting notes

Walled Lake Western offensive lineman Spencer Brown (6-foot-6, 265 pounds) received his first scholarship offer from Toledo this week, shortly removed from landing at Western via a crosstown transfer out Walled Lake Northern.

The Bloomfield Hills pair of John Paddock and Jack Sape are garnering attention on the showcase camp circuit. Their Bloomfield Hills club bagged an OAA Blue crown in 2016. Paddock (6-foot-1 1/2, 175 pounds) is an intelligent, strong-armed quarterback and Sape (6-foot-4, 250 pounds) is a high-motor defensive end. Sape made an unofficial visit to Michigan State recently.

Tweet of the week

“Step 1: The opportunity. Step 2: Seize it,” – Farmington Hills Harrison junior linebacker and Notre Dame-commit Ovie Oghoufo

Last Updated: 2/17/2017 12:18:33 AM EST

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