Mauk Earns First Irish Victory

After coming up short the last time his Kenton (Ohio) teammates went to Notre Dame for a 7x7 tournament, Maty Mauk looked to earn his first championship on the Irish campus. Could Mauk soon be a target for Brian Kelly?

With fourteen fields in action on Saturday, Notre Dame was home to a large 7x7 tournament that brought teams from as far as Texas to battle. But it was Kenton High School who walked away at the end of the day with the title after beating Wheaton Warrenville South inside Notre Dame Stadium.

Maty Mauk and Brian Kelly are no strangers. Mauk, whose older brother Ben played for Kelly in Cincinnati has been on the radar since entering his freshman year at the Ohio Division 4 program.



Mauk Makes The Throw
Dave Berk, Irish Eyes
After having a solid freshman season Maty Mauk earned a verbal offer from Brian Kelly and many felt it was a given that Kelly would coach another Mauk. But Kelly is now at Notre Dame and while he's still got his eyes on the gunslinger from Ohio, he also knows he must look across the country before settling on just any quarterback.

Saturday, Notre Dame Coaches made the rounds watching each of the teams competing with each of them having caught Mauk in action. None of them looked disappointed in what they saw as Maty showed why he'll be a hard player not to offer for the Class of 2012.

You can pick apart Mauk's size (6-foot-1 at most) but you can't take away what he does with the football in his hands and the understanding he has of where to throw the ball. All day long teams watched as Maty picked away at their souls and helping his team to a 4-0 start before advancing to the championship round. It was here that Mauk saw his first round opponent not even take the field.

Soon to follow was two hard fought battles before the championship game that saw both teams go back and forth before time ran out.

Kenton Championship Photo

For the Kenton players the day was long and the weekend was longer as they had played four games the previous night on their way to South Bend.



Maty Mauk ND Locker Room
Dave Berk, Irish Eyes
After accepting their championship trophy, Mauk and his teammates made their way to the Notre Dame locker room where they each found a seat and looked around. Could Mauk's future see him with a full time locker in the coming years? That will be something that Brian Kelly and his staff will have to figure out as Mauk will be a quarterback many will be looking to sign.


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