When all is said and done Mead High School’s Danny Mattingly could be the most highly recruited kid to ever come out of Spokane. The 6-6 235 Pound D End/Tight End has been offered by a host of top programs from around the country, and he doesn’t plan on slowing down anytime soon. Mattingly currently holds offers from Oklahoma, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon, Oregon St, Arizona St, Boise St, UCLA, Utah, Washington, Washington St, Wyoming, San Diego St, Idaho, and Portland St.
The 2011 conference player of the year has big goals for this upcoming season after losing in the playoffs to eventual state champion Skyline, and the nations #1 Junior QB Max Browne who is headed to USC. ” It was one one of the funnest games I have ever played in, with an inch and a half of snow on the ground we gave it a good run, but came up just short”, Mattingly says.
Danny will be attending the NIKE NFTC on June 10th in Eugene and then will travel to Indianapolis and Atlanta to take a couple visits and attend the Rivals Top 100 skills position camp. ” I have family who live in Indianapolis so I plan on going out there and working for a little bit, and also visiting Notre Dame with it being so close. He continued, ” While im out at the top 100 I also may take a visit to Alabama who I have been in close contact with as they seem very interested”.
Regardless of where he ends up Mattingly is a freaky athlete that just continues to get better. In 2011 he posted 73 tackles, 5 interceptions, 2 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries, while blocking 2 punts defensively. His overall athleticism was on display offensively as well hauling in 30 catches for 350 yards, and 8 Tds. Mattingly says, ” Both Oklahoma and Nebraska see me playing tight end which is great, but Im willing to play wherever im needed”. The 6-6 superstar is a confident kid that is extremely well spoken, and gives a lot of credit to his teammates. During our conversation he continually brought up other athletes on his team that he see’s doing big things next year.
“Langston Ward (6-5 240 Jr. DE) is the real deal and the kid is super smart (4.0) G.P.A, he’s going to do big things this year”. Danny also added, ” Jonah Jordan (6-1 260 So. OL/DL) is another young lineman that did very well last year, and Sophomore Garrett Norris is a kid that didn’t get a ton of reps, but could potentially be a big time recruit before he is done”.
Mattingly mentioned a variety of players that he’s proud to have as teammates, as you can tell he puts team before anything else. They will have the services of one of Washington’s top returning backs in Davian Barlow (6-0 190 Jr. RB), as the Panthers could definitely make a run at a title.
The best thing about Mattingly is the kids character. He has division 1 genes with his brother playing at Washington St, but his work ethic and overall attitude is what’s going to make him successful. All of us at NEI believe Danny will be an All American in college and eventually be playing on Sunday’s. We look forward to seeing Danny over the summer and wish him continued success in all his ventures.
Danny Mattingly Highlights- http://www.hudl.com/athlete/842077/highlights/7529696
Langston Ward Highlights- http://www.hudl.com/athlete/853205/highlights/7326854
Davian Barlow Highlights- http://www.hudl.com/athlete/687390/highlights/7807376
Jonah Jordan Highlights-http://www.hudl.com/athlete/853222/highlights/11072380
Danny Mattingly (6-6 235 Jr. TE/DE) Mead HS (Spokane)