Mississippi Athlete Likes Athletics And Academics

This big tight end and defensive end from the Magnolia State talks about his junior season and recruiting.

Seminary, Miss--Matthew Mauldin is a big tight end and defensive end for Seminary Miss., High who could possibly play either of those positions or even grow into an offensive line prospect on the college level.

The six-foot-three inch, 263-pounder, who was impressive with his size, speed and athleticism in January at the Army All-American Combine in San Antonio, ran a solid 4.89 40-yard dash at that camp and also had a vertical leap of 31 inches.

Along with his size and speed, Mauldin also had a solid year on both offense and defense for his Seminary team, which is in the AA classification in the state. "This year was good," Mauldin explains about his junior season. "I learned a whole lot of new techniques and stuff like that. I got to go some camps and a lot of people helped me out. At defensive end I had 79 tackles, 14 sacks, four fumble recoveries. On offense I had four touchdowns, but I don't know how many receptions."

Mauldin is a player who could play a number of different positions on the collegiate level.

He also notes that he did not see more action on the offensive side of the ball because of his team's conservative game plan. "We run the ball mostly," the big tight end explains. "We run the Wing-T so everything is pretty much running.

"If I could get somebody to help me out and show me some little stuff to help me get better I would really love the blocking side of the game, " he adds.

Mauldin notes that even though he only started playing competitive football in the seventh grade, he has been a starter for the varsity team since he was a freshman.

The big athlete adds that heading off to college is something that has been weighing heavily on his mind recently and says that he knows a few things he would like to find in his eventual college of choice. "I want to go to a school that has good football program and I would like to know that they are going to be strong when I go, and of course a school with good academics," he says.

With his size and athleticism, the two-way standout has already been receiving recruiting letters from a number of big time college programs. "I have gotten letters from Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Mississippi State, Southern Miss, Auburn, Samford, West Virginia, Florida State and Oklahoma State," Mauldin explains.

Along with staying around the South, Mauldin, who notes that he would like to major in education and go into coaching after college, reiterates that finding a strong academic program will be important. "I enjoy it," he says about his schoolwork. "I make pretty good grades and I want to go to college that is going to help me out in that field as well."

Along with his prowess on the football field and in the classroom, Mauldin is also strong in another sport as well. He throws the shot put for his track team and has a best toss of 51 feet.

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