One of Mississippi's best
Height: 6' 3"
40 time: 4.89
Grades: 3.54 GPA / 16 ACT
From: Seminary, MS
High School: Seminary (2A)
The following information was revealed during our interview with Matthew Mauldin:
Which position are you being recruited to play on the next level? "Mainly tight end but some like me at defensive end and offensive line too."
Your preference? "I like tight end."
What are your strengths on the field? "My speed and my hands."
What are your working on for the next level? "Mainly on my speed. I am trying to get my legs and upper body stronger too."
How long have you been starting for Seminary? "I have been starting ever since Jr High."
All at tight end? "No sir, I started at defensive end, but moved to tight end in 10th grade. More than likely, I will be playing tight end next year, so that will be three years at tight end."
Did you continue to play defensive end after you were moved to tight end? "Yes sir, I start both ways. I play all game at both positions. I only get a break every once in a while."
What were your stats as a junior? "I had 19 catches for 417 yards and 5 TD's on offense. On defense, I had 79 tackles and 19 sacks."
Did you garner any awards? "I was named 1st Team All-State (MAC) at DE. The Clarion Ledger named me 1st Team All-State at TE. I also made All-Area,. All-WDAM, and All-District. I made 1st Team on all of those poll."
Any early offers? "Not yet."
Which schools are recruiting you the hardest? "I get the most letters from Auburn and Tennessee. Oh yea, and LSU too. Ole Miss had been sending me the most, but they have not sent me anything in a while, but I did get a chance to meet Coach Luke (Ole Miss tight end coach). He was a real nice guy."
Which schools have caught your eye? "Well, I am pretty interested in Tennessee, but Tennessee, Auburn, LSU, MSU, and Ole Miss. That is pretty much it that I am interested in. Those are the ones that are the most interested in me."
Have you had a chance to attend any Jr Days? "I got invited to Alabama and Ole Miss. I had a track meet on the Ole Miss one, and I could not find a ride to Alabama. MSU has one this Saturday (April 2nd). I will probably try to take that one. I also got invited to Auburn's Spring game."
What got you interested in Tennessee? "Just their football program. I believe in a couple years they will be somebody to be watch. They recruit some good players, and I believe their program is going to be really strong."
What do you like about Auburn? "I like them because, again, they have a good program and a good coaching staff. I have read some articles about Coach Tub. I believe he is a good coach. I have not read anything on Tennessee's coaches, but somebody said they were good coaches."
What are LSU's positives? "I like them, I guess. I mean, I have always liked LSU. I do not have a reason. I just always hoped they would recruit me. I believe they are going to be strong. Them and Mississippi State have always been my teams growing up."
Talk about MSU. "Again, they have always been my team. I have always liked MSU. I grew up watching them. I have always been a MSU fan since I knew what a football was."
What got you interested in Ole Miss? "I like their coaches. I believe that Coach O, coming from USC, he knows what it takes to win the championships. I have read some articles about him too. Coach O is one of the best coaches around. I did not get a chance to talk to Coach Luke for long, but he seemed like someone I would like to play for. I get along with their staff great. My interests in Ole Miss is their staff. They have great coaches."
When it comes decision time; what will be the main factors? "A chance to have a good career and win championships. I am looking at this as an opportunity to open some doors for my career. I will not lie."
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