Future Cougar a blue chip; 5 more among elite

ANDY MATTINGLY

COUGAR VERBAL COMMIT Andy Mattingly is among the elite in the state of Washington, according to The Seattle Times. In the paper's annual review of in-state football talent, the Times designated only Mattingly and three other players as 2006 "blue chip" college prospects -- defined as capable of stardom in the Pac-10. Five other future Cougs were among those rated in the Times' "red chip" tier of talent.

The "red chip" future Cougars on the Seattle Times list were Micah Hannam (OL, Gig Harbor), Skylar Jessen (RB, Spokane), Kevin Kooyman (DE/TE, Covington), Grady Maxwell (OL, Tacoma) and Keith Rosenberg (WR, Bellevue).

While blue chip picks are considered capable of Division I-A greatness, the red chippers are believed capable of becoming starters in a major conference such as the Pac-10 over the course of their careers. White chips fill out the top 100 prospects in the state.

Along with the 6-4, 223-pound Mattingly, Taylor Mays (USC), Steve Schilling (Cal, Michigan or UW) and Jake Locker (UW) were the blue chips. That number, four, is the lowest total the Times has selected since 2002, when there were three blue-chippers (including Cougar tight end Cody Boyd).

MATTINGLY IS A versatile talent -- big, strong and fast (4.6). He could wind up a crimson force on offense but the Cougar staff might find it too difficult a proposition not to play him at linebacker or safety.

Mattingly leaves Spokane's Mead High as the school's second all-time leading tackler, with 160 solo stops among his 231 career takedowns. Mattingly's also No. 2 all-time in career interceptions with nine.

As a senior year, Mattingly racked up 70 tackles and five interceptions, forced a fumble and had two fumble recoveries. He took one interception back 54 yards for a score, plus a fumble recovery that went 40 yards for another touchdown.

But what the stat sheet doesn't show is he made it nearly an every-play occurrence to knock the caffeine out of the ballcarrier, with the oohs and aahs cascading down from football stadiums from Spokane to Kennewick.

Offensively this season, Mattingly pulled down 41 receptions for 631 yards and six touchdowns, while racking up 359 return yards on punts and kickoffs. On his career, he pulled down 81 catches for 1,130 yards, second all time at Mead.

AS A LONGTIME Times sportswriter who's followed the prep scene for over 30 years, Craig Smith notes players are evaluated on their college potential, not on their high-school careers.

The list is exclusive -- a number of All-State players don't even make the Top 100. The annual Chip List is compiled from interviews with college and high school coaches and sportswriters throughout the state.

A CONSENSUS ALL-STATE PICK, Mattingly starred at safety, linebacker, tight end, halfback and wide receiver for Mead in 2005.

NOTES:
  • Hannam (6-5, 275) was one of the few bright spots for Peninsula this season, with a quick pair of feet and a knack for heady play up front. He broke his own school power clean mark, a lift that speaks to core strength, before the season with a lift of 320 pounds. An exceptional student, Hannam holds a 3.96 GPA.

  • Jessen (5-11, 200) rushed for 744 yards on 94 touches before having his season cut short by a hamstring pull. He was on pace to set all-time GSL career marks for career rushing and touchdowns scored.

  • Kooyman (6-5, 215), racked up 63 tackles including a league leading 16 tackles for loss in '05. He bench presses 300 pounds, squats 500, and runs 40 yards in 4.6 seconds. He carries a 3.95 GPA and scored 1500 on the SAT. The defending Class 4A state wrestling champion at 215 pounds, Kooyman also runs high hurdles and anchors Tahoma's 400-meter relay.

  • Maxwell (6-3, 312) didn't allow a sack his senior season. He gave up only one sack his three years at Curtis, that one coming his sophomore season. "Grady has great speed," says Curtis coaching legend Bob Lucey. "He's a great left tackle, outstanding both in run and pass blocking. He has great feet -- exceptionally quick feet." Maxwell's cousin is Cougar great Marcus Trufant.

  • Rosenberg (5-11, 180) was instrumental in Bellevue's win over LB Poly but was hampered by injury much of 2005. He came back strong at season's end, however, with a number of big plays. Earned a first-team AP All-State defensive back as a junior and also starred at running back, gaining 1,227 yards and scoring 15 TDs on limited touches. Speaking to his athleticism and versatility, he projects at receiver at Washington State.

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    For more on Mattingly, check out the recent CF.C article Low key but Cougs have true gem in Mattingly

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