COUGS LAND VERBAL NO. 3 & Derting gets the assist

ANDY MATTINGLY nearly committed to Washington State after camping there this summer. Late Saturday night after returning to Spokane from an unofficial trip to WSU, and after talking it over with his family, there was no holding back. The four-star prospect out of Spokane's Mead High called coach Robin Pflugrad to let him know he wanted to don the crimson and gray. Mattingly becomes the third known verbal committment for Washington State in the 2006 class.

Andy Mattingly becomes the third known verbal committment for Washington State in the 2006 class, joining running back Marcus Richmond and receiver Keith Rosenberg. "I'm very excited," he told CF.C

Mattingly, the No. 11 rated safety in the nation by, called Pflugrad and then coach Bill Doba to give them the good news.

"I just felt right there," said Mattingly. "I felt so comfortable-- the coaches are just so cool down there. I loved it. I didn't feel like that about any other school. And I've been to every other school I wanted to go to."

The 6-4, 215-pound Mattingly chose Washington State over Oregon State (offer), Washington, Oregon, Boise State (offer) and Idaho (offer) among others.

Mattingly could play safety, outside linebacker or tight end for the Cougs.

He's been working hard on his speed this summer and although its not of paramount importance to him where he plays, he wouldn't mind lining up in the defensive backfield for Washington State. Mattingly got a taste of that Friday, when he was sent off with Cougar safeties after arriving in Pullman. After watching film and eating dinner, he headed out to the practice field but the session was cut short by area lightning.

That night, he went out with seniors Will Derting and Adam Braidwood and enjoyed himself tremendously, saying he was ready to give his oral pledge to WSU right then.

Mattingly said his verbal is final and he won't be taking any more visits, official or otherwise, to anywhere but Washington State.

"I'm going to be going down to WSU every weekend," he said.

As a matter of fact, he doesn't want to wait that long for his next Pullman trip -- he's headed back to WSU on Monday.

"I'm going down Monday to tell the team," said Mattingly, with a laugh.

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