Skylar Jessen and Andy Mattingly, WSU Cougars
TWO OF THE top rated players in the state, Spokane's Skylar Jessen and Andy Mattingly, made it official Wednesday when they faxed their signed National Letters of Intent in to Washington State. The Mead High stars' LOI Day, as told in pictures.
Skylar Jessen and Andy Mattingly smile for the camera on National letter of Intent Day. Jessen gained 3,820 yards in three seasons at Mead, despite two being shortened by injury. Mattingly's career high school numbers are eye popping, a sampling of which includes: 231 tackles; nine interceptions; 81 receptions for 1,130 yards.
The Mead boys. Paul Senescall, Jessen and Mattingly helped power Mead to a 12-1 record, including a perfect 9-0 mark in the Greater Spokane League. Senescall, a hard nosed fullback and linebacker, signed with Idaho.
Jessen was on pace to shatter GSL records for career rushing yards and TDs when a hamstring injury shuttered his senior campaign. Listed by WSU at 5-11 and 185-pounds, his playing weight could end up closer to 200. He is rated one of the top 75 prep RB prospects in the nation by Scout.com. Mattingly (6-4, 223) was tabbed one of the top four prep prospects in the state of Washington by the Seattle Times, along with Steve Schilling, Taylor Mays and Jake Locker. Mattingly earned a four-star rating from Scout.com, which ranks him among the top 20 in the nation at safety -- though his future looks to be at linebacker.
Standing from left to right, Mead head coach Sean Carty, former head coach (1997-1999) and
present school counselor Bob McCray, offensive line coach Adam Daniel,
Principal Bruce Olgard, Vice Principal Ken Russell and school
counselor Dave Vaughn. The group has all been active in the trio's sports and academic lives since the 7th grade. Seated, left to right, Paul Senescall, Skylar Jessen and Andy Mattingly.
An honorable mention “Northwest Nugget” pick by the Tacoma News Tribune, Jessen earned GSL offensive MVP honors in 2003 with 1,965 yards and 34 TDs on 190 carries. He's been timed at 10.64 in the 100 meters, has a bench press of 330, a power clean of 260 pounds, and a vertical leap measuring 32 inches. Mattingly was tabbed by The Tacoma News Tribune one of 12 “Northwest Nuggets” and is a member of its “Western 100” list. He was second all time at Mead in tackles, solo tackles and interceptions. One of the few awarded consensus All-State honors, Mattingly did it all this year for Mead. In the playoffs alone, he rushed 14 times for 106 yards and threw a fourth down touchdown pass.
Back row: parents Dan and Carisa Dami, and sister Danne Dami. Seated, Skylar Jessen.