- Mason Kelley, Reporter, Recruiting Nation
After taking some time to think about his future, Danny Mattingly (Spokane, Wash./Mead) decided that playing college football for Notre Dame “wasn’t the right thing for me.”
The 6-foot-5, 218-pound athlete confirmed Thursday he is no longer committed to the Irish.
“I’m trying to do what’s best; that’s why I did it,” he said.
The four-star prospect, who is being recruited as a linebacker and tight end, will take an official visit to Arizona State this weekend before taking his final trip to Oregon on Dec. 14.
“Things aren’t wide open, but I would say that the schools I’ve taken visits to are the schools that I’m considering,” said Mattingly, who has already taken trips to Washington, UCLA and Miami.
Mattingly’s most recent stop was in Coral Gables, Fla. He wanted to take a closer look at the Hurricanes.
“It was great,” he said.
Washington has always been a school that has interested Mattingly and the Huskies have made the senior a priority. On the first day coaches could make in-home visits, defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox and linebackers coach Peter Sirmon made the trip across the state to meet with Mattingly.
“They’ve been in a ton of contact with me this whole recruiting process,” he said. “It was great to see them again. That’s the first chance my mom got to meet them, and I know she really liked them, too.”
Mattingly said Notre Dame is no longer in the mix. He faces a tough decision as he tries to settle on the school he will sign with Feb. 6.
He wants to find the right mixture of players and coaches, the the right fit on the field and the right school for his education.