Different Focus for Mattingly

The Spokane (Wash.) Mead tight end, Danny Mattingly, is more worried about the state playoffs than recruiting, which has been a roller coaster for him the past few weeks...

Spokane (Wash.) Mead tight end Danny Mattingly has wanted to just focus on his season, the Panthers continuing to ride momentum into the Washington State 4A quarterfinals.

But the Notre Dame commit still has some lingering effects from recruiting, namely having to counter rumors about his commitment to the Irish, stemming from talk last month that he decommitted.

And while he's taken one official visit to a Pac-12 school and plans to take another official visit to another Pac-12 school he continues to say he's committed to the Irish.

"I'm still committed to Notre Dame, I never decommitted," said Mattingly. "Rumors got started and it was really frustrating."

Still, Mattingly did take an official visit to Washington in October, and plans to visit Oregon officially at some point, not completely shutting things down.

"I was going to try and visit Oregon this weekend, but I don't think I'm going to be able to because of the playoffs," said Mattingly. "My trip to Washington was really fun too."

A loss last weekend would have ended Mead's season, but the Mustangs beat Bellevue (Wash.) Newport, thanks to a big day on both sides of the ball for Mattingly, and will now play Auburn (Wash.), in the state quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon, cancelling his plans to visit Eugene.

In fact, his impact on both sides of the ball have been even the bigger question for Mattingly's future, maybe even more so of where he'll play, school wise, in college, but what exactly, he'll play.

"I just have fun playing, I don't even know what to say," said Mattingly. "I can't honestly say yet what position I want to play. It's so hard to decide this. I love tight end and I love linebacker. I just love playing the game. Right now, I'm not worried about what I'll play in college. I'm playing both right now for Mead and we're still playing."

Mattingly said that both Notre Dame and Washington were recruiting him primarily as a linebacker, while Oregon was recruiting him as an athlete and UCLA which continues to recruit him, likes him as a tight end.

But for now, he wants to tune out any further distractions from recruiting.

"I'm kind of trying to tone all of it down and just worry about Mead football," said Mattingly. "This is the farthest Mead has ever made it and this is huge for us. We want to win it more than anything else."

Brandon is in his eighth year with Scout.com, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout.com Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout.com network since 2003.
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