Missouri got the quarterback they wanted. Before the 2012 recruiting season closed, the Tigers turned away multiple national QB recruits because of the value they place on QB Maty Mauk 6'2" 190 4.6 Kenton (OH), whom the Missouri staff considers to be on par with any quarterback in this class.
Mauk is a Parade and Sports Illustrated All-American, and two-time Gatorade Ohio Player of the Year, in addition to Mr. Football in Ohio, who come sto Missouri with national prep records for passing yards (18,932), TD passes (219), pass completions (1,353), and total offense (22,681). He chose Missouri over Michigan, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Illinois, Vanderbilt, Cincinnati, and a host of others.
Playing for his father Mike, he led Kenton to a 42-8 record over his four years as the starting QB. In 2011, Kenton lost by a 48-42 score in the state title game, despite Mauk's 421 yards passing and 6 total TDs.
Mauk is an outstanding all-around athlete who was an All-District performer in basketball and was a state track qualifier in the long jump, 200-meters, and 4x100-meter and 4x200-meter relays.
In his career, Mauk accounted for 278 total TDs. His senior year, he was 382 for 566 passing for 5,413 yards and 68 TDs passing, to go along with 1,768 yards and 24 TDs on the ground.
Mauk, whose older brother Ben, played QB at Cincinnati, plans to major in social studies at Mizzou. His parents are Mike and Gwyn Mauk.
Missouri Offensive Coordinator and Quarterback Coach David Yost was the primary recruiter for Maty Mauk. Coach Yost talked about Mauk.
"Maty's got all of the "it" qualities," began Coach Yost, talking about one of his prized recruits for this year. "The "its" are the competitor, the accuracy, the attacking, the mentality of playing the position. He's 100% a quarterback. It's not just that he's a thrower. He's not just a great runner. He's a quarterback! He was raised to be a quarterback since he was very, very little. He took over as a freshman. That's what he does. He plays quarterback. When I go to watch him play basketball, 40 minutes after the game, he's got 8 guys in the gym catching footballs. In the summer, he runs their 7-on-7s. He lives football. He loves football. He does it all of the time. He's constantly asking questions about things. He's a student of the game. He's a coach's kid, but on top of that, he's a quarterback."
"He's got a much stronger arm than I think people are probably giving him credit for, for not being the biggest guy in the world," continued Coach Yost, talking about Mauk. "His highlights are always this scramble-around-guy, which he's done that, and he's been tremendous at that, and he's made tons of plays doing that. It's a nice quality to have. I've got game video. Two-thirds of the time, he's taking the ball and he's dropping back, and he's hitting and throwing the ball on time. That's what our offense looks like. Those just aren't on the highlights………………………………….. I think he'll be able to succeed in our rhythm, timing-type offense, because he has such a background in the passing game. Because he's thrown so much, he's seen so much from people. And he's made so many throws, it's all your database you kind of put together of how to make all of those different throws. He's made every throw."
"And, he's a really, really good athlete," Coach Yost continued, talking about Mauk. "He got second or third in the long jump last year at the state track meet. He's jumping close to 22 feet in the long jump."
Coach Yost said that Mauk is a really, really good basketball player, who also quarterbacks his basketball team.
"(Mauk) is a tremendous basketball player," explained Coach Yost. "But, football is his deal. It'll be a lot of fun!"
JP ‘s Take: Maty Mauk is a true dual threat that is of the pass first variety. He is a good enough athlete and runner that he will make you pay if he has to tuck and run it, however, he is always looking to pass first. He also has a great grasp and understanding of the game, great football IQ, and a real mental toughness to go along with his physical toughness. He has a strong, accurate arm with a quick release, and is one of the better passers on the run that you will find. Mauk is a cool customer who will make himself part of the mix as soon as he has a firm understanding of what the Tiger coaches want from him.
Greg's Take: Mauk is a fearless competitor who has great arm strength and the ability to make plays outside of the pocket, thanks in part to his athleticism and his quickness.
Maty Mauk's Senior Highlights