Oregon linebacker Danny Mattingly, a freshman from Mead High School (Spokane, Washington), enters his first season in the Oregon program.
Before joining the Ducks, Mattingly was a standout prep star that was quite sought after. Mattingly had offers from Alabama, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Washington amongst many other Division 1 programs before eventually choosing the Ducks. He was originally a commit to play for the Irish, but reopened his search process just after his senior season ended.
Mattingly made his verbal commitment on December 22, 2012 after visiting Eugene on the 14th of the month and signed his letter of intent on February 6, 2013.
As a star OLB/TE, national recruiting services had pretty high praise for Mattingly. Scout, Rivals and 247Sports all list Mattingly as a three-star while ESPN has him as a four-star. ESPN listed Matiingly as the No. 34 tight end of the class and No. 2 player from the state of Washington and praised his versatility.
Going into the 2013 season, Mattingly is likely to redshirt despite the incredible turnover at the linebacker position. The Ducks will be looking for three new starters at linebacker with the departures of Michael Clay, Kiko Alonso and Dion Jordan to the NFL, but with how much rotation the Ducks use there will be more experienced players to grab the positions next season. Mattingly can help out with the scout team next season.
The Ducks will be pretty loaded at linebacker in 2014 as well, so it’s expected that Mattingly will be used in special teams until a spot on the defense opens up.