Mattingly interested in Nebraska

After being named honorable mention Class 3A AP All-State at both tight end and linebacker in Washington last season, Danny Mattingly's interest is picking up.

Despite growing up in Spokane, Washington, Danny Mattingly (Mead HS), a linebacker and tight end in high school, is aware of the rich tradition at the University of Nebraska and the atmosphere that surrounds Lincoln on game day.

"The people love to watch them and that's something that gets me excited. It could be the worst game but you're still going to get a ton of people," said Mattingly, who was quick to point out Nebraska's consecutive sellout streak that dates back to November 3, 1962. "The whole town is built around football and I've heard all good things. Whenever I talk to people about Nebraska, they always say how cool it would be to play at a place like that."

Mattingly, who earned All-State honors as a linebacker and the Defensive Player of the Year for the Greater Spokane League, has read through some Nebraska flyers and has taken notice of the campus.

"I think they're an awesome school. It's a really cool school and it really appeals to me," said Mattingly.

In terms of what he is looking for in a school, Mattingly would like to attend to a college with a great atmosphere, a good mix of people, and a school that will provide him the education he seeks.

On the football field, Mattingly plays with a ton of desire and a killer instinct, one that led to him tallying 65 tackles and 10 sacks as a junior. He would be the first to credit his success on the field to the amount of passion he displays in each and every game.

"I play football because I love it and whatever teams we play against I give 100 percent," said Mattingly. "That's all I've ever done and I'm just having a lot of fun with everything. I want to be the leader out there and I feel I do it well. I just feel I love the game a lot."

The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder has drawn interest from Boise State, Idaho, Washington State, and Nebraska among others, but he has not set up any visits with the schools interested in him yet.

- Josh Harvey -

Kyle Phillippi covers the Big Ten Conference for His work has also been featured in Big Red Report Magazine and
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