"My coach sent me a text and told me to call coach (Steve) Sarkisian as soon as possible," a happy Mattingly told Dawgman.com. "When I talked to him and coach (Peter) Sirmon, they offered me a scholarship because they said they wanted me to come be a Husky.
"It was so great to get an offer from them. It's my first one (from an FBS school) and I'll save that text message from my coach forever because it is so great to get the first one. It's really special."
Washington's coaches have told Mattingly that he could play on either side of the ball and that suits him just fine.
"Honestly I haven't really thought about it that much yet," Mattingly said of a preference. "I love playing both, so honestly, it will be something I have to think about."
The talented two-way star for the Panthers received First Team All-GSL honors and was named Co-Defensive MVP after posting 73 tackles, five interceptions, two sacks, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries while also blocking two punts. On offense he hauled in 30 receptions for 350 yards and eight touchdowns.
In addition to his offer from Washington, Mattingly is planning to head down to Pullman to take in Washington State's Junior Day on February 25th and they are a school to keep an eye on, as Mattingly's older brother Andy was a four-year starter for the Cougars.
"I haven't talked to their coaches much, but I'm going down there for Junior Day and we'll see what happens with them," Mattingly said. "Besides the two in-state schools, UCLA seems like they could be next and Boise State also seems close to offering.
"Other than those four, I don't think anyone else talking to me has really gotten that far yet."
He also holds and offer from Eastern Washington as well.
Mattingly said he plans to take his time before making his decision and has yet to set a timeline for his commitment and with things just now starting to heat up, he seems to be a bit overwhelmed.
"It's all exciting, but yeah, my head is spinning a little, but not that much," Mattingly said. "My parents were really happy though that Washington offered and they were excited for me.
"I'm just going to take the process slow and see what happens over the next few months."
We will have more from Mattingly in the coming weeks as the recruiting process hits full stride.
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