Mattison Names Iowa as One of His Co-Favorites

Growing up the son of a coach can sometimes turn out to be a good or bad thing for a kid. For DE Bryan Mattison, it turned out to be nothing but a positive. Coach Ferentz saw a first-hand experience in signing his son, Brian Ferentz, two years ago. Now he may be on his way to gaining the son of one of his main compeitiors on the recruiting trial this winter.

DE Bryan Mattison has grown up around great coaching and football tradition. Bryan's father, Greg Mattison, is the defensive line/recruiting coordinator for Notre Dame. It's only fitting that Bryan plays the position his father currently coaches as this is another case of a son receiving great coaching.

"My dad is always right there when I have a question," Bryan informed after helping his team beat a cross-town rival 51-0 on Friday evening. "He has helped me tremendously in my techinique and other areas."

Bryan, with 4.9 speed, may not look like an impact defensive end on paper where speed now dominates defenses. However, his play on the field does not take long to prove why 40 yard dashes are irrevelant at some positions.

"I feel I have good quickness coming off the line. Being explosive and the ability to use your hands are much more important at defensive end."

Bryan currently has offers from Iowa, Colorado, Oregon, Washington State, Iowa State, and Minnesota.His father and he have a mutual agreement that it would be best for Bryan to go elsewhere in continuing his football career so Notre Dame is not a player for his services. In fact, Bryan already has two favorites in mind, including Iowa.

"Iowa and Colorado are my two favorites right now," Bryan added. "I unofficially visited Iowa with my father during the summer. I loved the coaches and the campus in Iowa City. The coaches were awesome. I have set my official visit for December 6th."

"The one thing I really want to view before making my decision is the players. I want to know that I will relate well with them, and that they want to win, work hard, and play hard on everyday like myself. I also want to play in some bowl games."

Notre Dame is looking to be one of Iowa's main competitors on the recruiting trail this winter, and that means Coach Mattison will be one of Iowa's biggest rivals. Were any recruiting tidbits shared while the Mattison family was in Iowa City?

"It was interesting to have my father around other coaches. He thought and spoke highly of the Iowa staff. Coach (Norm) Parker was the only coach he had previous knowledge of, but he feels comfortable in sending me to Iowa, along with every other school on my list."

Bryan has helped his team to a #1 ranking in the state of Indiana after beating the previously ranked #1 and #2 teams earlier this fall. This past Friday, Bryan scored a 55 yard touchdown on a fumble recovery that he caused, along with 3 sacks and two tackles for loss.

The Hawkeyes will be looking to add some impact depth on the defensive line with this recruiting class, and Bryan Mattison figures to be one of their top priorities. The Hawks will get the first shot in securing a commitment when he steps foot in Iowa City on the 6th of December for his official visit.

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