Spokane star nearly made the call

ANDY MATTINGLY has watched his stock soar since the start of the recruiting season. He now merits four stars from Scout.com, checking in as their No. 11 ranked safety in the nation. The Spokane product was also within a heartbeat of making a verbal commitment a few weeks ago.

Mattingly, a 6-4, 215 pounder out of Mead High, said he was very close to verbally committing to Washington State at the end of the Cougs summer camp. He ultimately decided to hang tight and the very next day, had another Pac-10 offer in hand.

"I almost did," said Mattingly of his near verbal to the Cougs in late June. "But then I just thought I might as well wait until the end of the summer. And then, not even joking, (the OSU offer) was the very next day."

In addition to WSU and Oregon State, Mattingly holds offers from Boise State and Idaho. Oregon, Washington and Cal are still in the mix. Mattingly started to say the Cougs are his leader but checked himself, mentioning it'd be more accurate to say the four Northwest schools hold the most intrigue for him right now.

"I'd still like to see what Oregon is like," he said. "I went down there for their camp. And I think WSU is still my favorite school. But I don't know. I want to go and look around a bit….Those four (WSU, Oregon, OSU, UW) are my favorite schools."

Mattingly went on to say he's really feeling the love from the Oregon State coaches since the offer, citing the personal handwritten letters "that actually mean something" from the Beaver staff.

MATTINGLY SAID while there's still a good possibility he'll verbally commit at the end of August, its far from definite and he might take more time to make his decision. He travels to Oregon State on August 8 for an unofficial visit. "I just want to seer the campus and see what their school is like," said Mattingly. "I've never even met the coaches, I've talked to them on the phone but it'll be nice to meet them."

Mattingly said he's placed calls to a few coaches recently, since schools can't initiate a phone call to recruits until September 1.

"I called coach (Robin) Pflugrad this summer, and the Oregon State coaches (Mike Riley and Bruce Reed). I've pretty much called all the schools that have offered me this summer."

MATTINGLY AND HIS MEAD teammates have been running some 7 on 7 drills on Wednesdays this summer, hooking up with other area schools like Lewis and Clark, Gonzaga Prep and University. He also took in the state's East-West all star game, where one incoming Cougar caught his eye.

"It was fun to watch," said Mattingly. "There were a lot of good athletes out there. The guy that stood out to me was Shelton Danzy. He's good."

ONE GOAL this season for Mattingly is to be selected to the West squad for the US Army All American Bowl. Of the 10 safeties currently above him in the Scout.com rankings, only two are from west of the Mississippi.

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