Oregon State visit "awesome"

FOUR STAR PROSPECT Andy Mattingly returned home Wednesday night to Spokane after a trip down to Oregon State. Friday, he heads to Pullman for an unofficial with Washington State. The 6-4, 215-pound athlete from Mead High talks about the OSU experience, and if an early verbal before his senior season might be in the cards.

Mattingly and Skylar Jessen (5-11, 200) stopped in Eugene to take in a Ducks practice and then it was off to Corvallis for the sights and sounds of the Beavs fall camp. It was clear in talking to Mattingly that both thoroughly enjoyed their stay.

"It was awesome," said Mattingly, the No. 11 ranked safety in the nation by Scout.com.

Among the highlights -- besides grazing on plenty of chicken and steak -- were the campus and facilities tours, the practice, dinner with the players and film sessions. Mattingly was with the linebackers for the film work, but Oregon State has told him its his choice whether to play safety or linebacker.

"I talked to (coach Mike) Riley a lot," said Mattingly. And coach (Robin) Ross, the linebackers coach, and (coach) Bruce Reed. They said I could play safety or linebacker, whichever one I want."

Washington State earlier this recruiting season had talked to Mattingly about playing outside linebacker or tight end.

Safety Sabby Piscitelli and linebacker Eddie Stamm were two of the Beaver defenders that Mattingly bonded with at OSU. Piscitelli is a big safety at 6-3, 224-pounds who has started the last 12 games, while the 6-2, 226-pound Stamm is a redshirt freshman this year.

"There were some cool guys down there," said Mattingly.

Mattingly goes back and forth on whether he wants to make a verbal commitment before the start of his football season. Right now, he said he probably wants to take some official visits and decide later on in the fall. WSU, OSU, Oregon, Cal and Boise State are likely trip destinations.

The four Northwest schools are still even for the most part.

"I like them all," said Mattingly. "Its going to be really hard. I don't know what I'm going to do."

HIS JUNIOR SEASON, Mattingly racked up 90 tackles (56 solo), with 2 INTs, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery. Mattingly has 162 career tackles (112 solo), currently sixth all-time at Mead, with 4 career INTs.

On offense, Mattingly had 30 catches for 401 yards and 4 TDs in 2004. Of his 4 carries, 3 of them went for scores as he gained 116 yards. On his career, Mattingly has 40 catches and 500 receiving yards.

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