A commit to Notre Dame, Mattingly plays on both sides of the ball, but after we saw him in the spring at the %%MATCH_3%% NFTC, and then again seeing him this weekend, we're more and more convinced that tight end is his position at the next level.
Mattingly is a solid linebacker, but he's much more natural and comfortable as a tight end.
He's got good size, good speed and is a precise route runner. He's got great body control, doing a great job of adjusting to underthrown and overthrown passes, and his best play was a touchdown he outjumped to defenders for, grabbing it at the one and getting both of his feet in bounds (though the refs overruled it). Still, it showed the athleticism he has.
If there is one area he needs to work on, its finishing off his blocks. He did a good job of getting in the way of his defender, but instead of finishing off his block, a couple of times, after the ball carrier got past him, he let his man go, and twice his man was able to recover and pursue the running back.
Still, when he wanted to, he was a real physical and punishing blocker.Mattingly, while remaining a commit to Notre Dame, is still hearing consistently from Oklahoma, Oregon, Washington and UCLA.
Here are clips of Mattingly against Bellevue (Wash.) Newport in the WIAA 4A playoffs.