Mattox selects Carolina

Clarke Central HS (Athens, Ga.) QB Martay Mattox became the second commitment of the Gamecocks' class of 2011 when the 6-1, 180-pound prospect selected South Carolina over Maryland just moments ago at a ceremony in his high school gymnasium.

"Ever since day one, ever since the first time I visited South Carolina, it felt like it would be a good fit for me," Mattox said in a phone interview yesterday. "They have a good offensive system. They've got a great head football coach. From what I saw on my visit, the atmosphere, the next couple of years (could be good ones) for South Carolina football."

Mattox chose the Gamecocks over offers from Maryland and South Florida.

Mattox is an athlete in every sense of the word. Last season he passed for 1,867 yards yards and 15 touchdowns while rushing for 774 yards and 16 touchdowns. While he says he could play any number of positions at the next level, he says the conversations are about one spot right now.

"As of right now, we're strictly talking about quarterback," Mattox says. "But I'm pretty athletic, and I can play numerous positions. We'll just have to see what happens at South Carolina about those other [positions]."

Mattox visited South Carolina twice -- once for a junior day and once for the Garnet and Black Spring game. He says it was that first junior day that he really started to feel strongly about Carolina.

"Junior day, it wasn't just a typical junior day for me," he says. They kind of gave me a little tour of everything -- the assistant coaches. I wasn't just another athlete. That was pretty cool. I got to see all of their facilities, and that kind of went a long way with me"

Mattox says it is his bond with recruiter Shane Beamer that also played a big factor in his decision. "He keeps in touch pretty good," Mattox says. "Ever since he's been recruiting me, we've had a bond. We talk about a lot: football, family. We talk about everything. We talk about South Carolina. We talk about other colleges. It's a pretty good relationship. I'm comfortable with him; I think he's comfortable with me."

The athletic quarterback, who runs a 4.5-second 40-yard dash is looking to make an immediately impact when he arrives.

"I think I'm going to make an impact on the football team as early as I get there. I'm ready to play when I get there. And that's why I'm going to put in the time and put in the work. I want to help the team put in the work."

While he says there are no hard feelings, he does admit that one game might be circled on the calendar every season at Carolina.

"Definitely it would be cool to come back here and play UGA," he said. "Unfortunately, they didn't offer me, but this is a business. But, yeah, definitely, it would be cool to come back to Athens and play football."

Mattox becomes the second prospect to commit to the Gamecocks for the class of 2011 joining Marvin Ridge (Waxhaw, N.C.) WR K.J. Brent on the Gamecock commitment list.

Mattox says his commitment is 100 percent.

"I've thought long and hard about it. Definitely the team that I commit to (today) is going to be the team that I enroll into next spring. My word is solid. It's where I'm going to go."

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