Coach Brian Kelly received his 15th verbal commitment for the 2013 class today from OLB Danny Mattingly (Spokane, WA - Mead). Mattingly is listed at 6'4", 215 lbs and runs a 4.7 40 yard dash.
Mattingly is the nephew of former New York Yankee first baseman (and current LA Dodgers skipper) Don Mattingly. He chose the Irish over offers from Alabama, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Oregon, UCLA and Washington among others.
Recruiting Service Rankings:
ESPN - 3 star (#5 WA, #60 ATH), 79 Grade
Rivals - 3 star (#3 WA, #12 TE), 5.7 Grade
Scout - 4 star (#24 OLB)
247Sports - 3 star (#5 WA, #36 OLB), 88 Grade
More after the jump.
Based on the fact that the recruiting services list him from 6'4" and 6'6" and between 215 and 225 lbs, it is safe to say that he has some room to grow. Based on his limited film (one clip a few seconds long), he looks very thin and will need to bulk up quite a bit before seeing action at the college level-likely getting to 250+ lbs. Based on his frame, he probably sits a year to bulk up and spend plenty of time at Longo Beach.
Mattingly plays both ways at the prep level (TE on offense) and was being recruited for both at the college level. While he is a decent TE prospect, I think he will really grow in to a solid Cat LB for Bob Diaco's defense, as he is the ideal fit for the hybrid OLB/DE in the 3-4 defense.
While there is not really any highlights to go on, scouts say that he shows good initial quickness and isn't afraid of contact-two excellent assets for a front seven defender. He has enough versatility to drop into coverage if necessary, but needs to work on his pass rushing skills to be an effective threat off the edge. He definitely has room to grow, but will be a great asset in the years to come.
Welcome to Notre Dame Danny!