While the western part of the state of Washington gets most of the attention as far as D-1 recruits go, the eastern part of the state has its fair share and in 2013 that group of prospects will be led by Mead (Spokane) TE/LB Danny Mattingly.
The talented two-way star for the Panthers received First Team All-GSL honors and was named Co-Defensive MVP after posting 73 tackles, five interceptions, two sacks, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries while also blocking two punts. On offense he hauled in 30 receptions for 350 yards and eight touchdowns.
At 6’5″, 215 pounds, Mattingly is one of he top prospects in the state as far as the 2013 recruiting class goes, but more than anything, the junior from Spokane said he’s worked hard to get where he is and he is all about the team.
“We were really disappointed we didn’t make it further in the state playoffs, but we had a really good season and I think we’re set up to make another run my senior year,” Mattingly told Northwest Elite Index. “Personally, I improved a lot from my sophomore year.
“I played both ways so I had to be a lot better as a blocker at tight end and I felt like I really improved a lot in that area. I probably blocked for the run the most because of the offense we ran and that helped me get better as the season went along.
“I love playing both, but I’m probably better on D. I’ll play whatever though. Wherever my team needs me, that’s what I’ll do to help us win.”
While he’s waiting for his first official offer, he has been getting quite a bit of interest from D-1 schools from all over including Boise State, Oregon State, Oregon, Nebraska and Utah, but has yet to hear from the two in-state schools.
“My brother Andy went there and he loved it, so I know a lot about their school and their program,” Mattingly said. “I haven’t heard from Washington yet, but it’s still so early, I know there is a long time for things to go.”
Mattingly was invited to the U.S. Army All-American Combine in San Antonio, but because of prior commitments will not be able to attend.
We will have more from Mattingly in the coming weeks and months as he continues through the recruiting process and gets ready for his senior season of football.