While blue chip picks are considered capable of Division I-A greatness, the red chippers are believed capable of becoming starters in a major conference such as the Pac-10 over the course of their careers. White chips fill out the top 100 prospects in the state.
Along with the 6-4, 223-pound Mattingly, Taylor Mays (USC), Steve Schilling (Cal, Michigan or UW) and Jake Locker (UW) were the blue chips. That number, four, is the lowest total the Times has selected since 2002, when there were three blue-chippers (including Cougar tight end Cody Boyd).
MATTINGLY IS A versatile talent -- big, strong and fast (4.6). He could wind up a crimson force on offense but the Cougar staff might find it too difficult a proposition not to play him at linebacker or safety.
Mattingly leaves Spokane's Mead High as the school's second all-time leading tackler, with 160 solo stops among his 231 career takedowns. Mattingly's also No. 2 all-time in career interceptions with nine.
As a senior year, Mattingly racked up 70 tackles and five interceptions, forced a fumble and had two fumble recoveries. He took one interception back 54 yards for a score, plus a fumble recovery that went 40 yards for another touchdown.
But what the stat sheet doesn't show is he made it nearly an every-play occurrence to knock the caffeine out of the ballcarrier, with the oohs and aahs cascading down from football stadiums from Spokane to Kennewick.
Offensively this season, Mattingly pulled down 41 receptions for 631 yards and six touchdowns, while racking up 359 return yards on punts and kickoffs. On his career, he pulled down 81 catches for 1,130 yards, second all time at Mead.
AS A LONGTIME Times sportswriter who's followed the prep scene for over 30 years, Craig Smith notes players are evaluated on their college potential, not on their high-school careers.
The list is exclusive -- a number of All-State players don't even make the Top 100. The annual Chip List is compiled from interviews with college and high school coaches and sportswriters throughout the state.
A CONSENSUS ALL-STATE PICK, Mattingly starred at safety, linebacker, tight end, halfback and wide receiver for Mead in 2005.
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For more on Mattingly, check out the recent CF.C article Low key but Cougs have true gem in Mattingly