Huskies make big impression on Mattingly

Washington has made it no secret that they won't let the best talent in the state go elsewhere without a fight and this year one of the top players in the state, Mead (Spokane, Wa.) DE/LB Danny Mattingly, has been made an early target. This past weekend, the talented prospect was at Seattle's Memorial Stadium to take in UW's scrimmage and he said he came away impressed with what he saw...

"Oh it was a great practice and it was great to get out there and see them live," Mattingly told "I was really impressed by their energy and it was a great atmosphere with the sun and the fans there too.

"That was the first (D-1 practice) I had ever been to so it was great to see how they run things and feel the tempo and see the coaches teaching."

As a junior in 2011, 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.

There had been some talk that Mattingly could end up being a tight end recruit for the Huskies, but he said while that has been discussed he knows where his future lies.

"The way they want to use me on defense, covering the tight end and rushing the quarterback, that's what I do best and I know my future is better on the defensive side," Mattingly said. "The way they want to use me really fits perfectly with what I can do and with my skill-set so I think if I go there, it's going to be defense for me."

As far as how he spent the rest of his time in Seattle, Mattingly and his father both had lunch with the Washington defensive coaches and just talked about all things Husky.

"We got a tour of the campus from coach (Peter) Sirmon and coach (Justin) Wilcox and then we had lunch with them and coach (Tosh) Lupoi," Mattingly said. "It was a really great time and I was really impressed with everything. It was something where, I knew they had a lot going for them but they still sorta blew me away."

The reason that Mattingly made the trip over this past weekend instead of this coming Saturday for Washington's Junior Day and Spring Game is because he plays baseball and has a game this coming weekend.

However, even with his full schedule he said he plans to get out and see different schools so he can really start to narrow his focus on which schools he is considering.

"The only trip I know for sure that I'm going to take is on June 10th down to Oregon," Mattingly said. "They are having a camp down there and I'm going to go to that and then I'll meet with their coaches and see what they have to offer.

"After that, I'm not really sure. I know I want to get out and see all of the different schools that have offered me and then as I gather more information I can start to narrow things down.

"I'm not going to put down a timeline for a decision, but I can tell you that I won't wait to make a decision just to wait. When I find the right school and feel I have all of the information I need, then I'll sit down and make my decision and that will be it.

"If that is before the season then I'll decide before, but if I feel like I need to take some (official) visits and then decide, that's what I will do."

Mattingly currently has offers from most of the Pac 12 as well as schools from across the country including Arizona State, Boise State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA, Utah, Washington and Washington State and he's getting heavy interest from Notre Dame and Arizona as well.

We will continue to keep track of Mattingly's progress and will update news as it happens with him.

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