NW Scout Report: Mead/Newport

Danny Mattingly

A look at the prospects from WIAA playoff match up between Spokane (Wash.) Mead and Bellevue (Wash.) Newport…

TE/OLB Danny Mattingly (2013)
Spokane (Wash.) Mead tight end and Notre Dame commit Danny Mattingly was spectacular in this opening round playoff matchup. Mead rolled, forcing double digit Newport fumbles and recovering three. Mattingly had his hand in a couple of the loose balls, but really made an impact on offense. Mattingly made multiple highlight reel catches including a 28-yard touchdown. Mattingly showed great body control running down the field and made adjustments to the ball while it was in the air. Most balls thrown to him were "jump ball" situations and he regularly beat the defense. Coming into the game there was debate as to whether Mattingly was better suited for offense or defense in college, after the game it was clear his highest ceiling is at tight end.

DE/TE Langston Ward (2013)
Spokane (Wash.) Mead defensive end and Harvard commit Langston Ward was impressive as well. Ward has a great frame at 6-foot-4, 230-pounds. If he had not committed to Harvard so early and was not set on that education, I believe he would have multiple Pac-12 offers. Ward also plays tight end and gives Mead a great double tight end set that can run the ball as well as attack the defense down the field.

QB/S Isaac Dotson (2013)
This was not the best game for Bellevue (Wash.) Newport quarterback and Nevada commit Isaac Dotson. He was regularly under pressure and made a couple mistakes throwing the ball. Newport shot itself in the foot with fumbles, then was forced to thrown because of the score. Newport is a option team and wasn't prepared to come out and throw themselves back into the game. Dotson is still an impressive athlete and while at safety was responsible for some of the most vicious hits in the game.

DT Calvin Throckmorton (2015)
Bellevue (Wash.) Newport defensive tackle Calvin Throckmorton was not dominant in the game, but has the size to be a potential Pac-12 prospect. He projects best to the offensive side of the ball and I believe he will be highly recruited as an offensive tackle. For now, he just plays defense, but his frame, agility and toughness lead me to believe he will continue to develop over the next two years.

Jake Worthen is a West Recruiting Analyst for Scout.com.
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