In an interview with ESPN’s RecruitingNation, Notre Dame commitment Danny Mattingly said that he was committed but still taking visits. This comes on the back of rumors last week that Mattingly had decommitted from the Fighting Irish. Mattingly committed to Notre Dame on June 26th of this year and remains committed to Coach Brian Kelly.
In the interview with Mason Kelley of ESPN, Mattingly mainly discussed his Senior season and his goals. However, when directly asked about the rumors, Mattingly responded with, “I’m committed right now but I’m still taking visits.” That does not sound very committed to me.
This is what is troubling about the world of college recruiting right now. To grown adults, the word commitment means something more solid than it does to an 18-year old. That is to be expected. The life experience that someone gains is critical to a young man’s development. However, Mattingly’s commitment basically means that Notre Dame is his leader at the moment.
Mattingly has already visited instate Washington. He visited the Huskies on October 12, 2012 for their battle versus the USC Trojans. Despite his visit, he remains committed to the Fighting Irish. But, according to his comments, he will continue to take more.
When Mattingly made his initial decision, he choose the Fighting Irish over Arizona State, Oklahoma, Oregon, UCLA and Washington. At one point, Mattingly listed Arizona State as his top option. Will Mattingly continue to use his official visits to look at some of these schools? Notre Dame better continue to recruit Mattingly like there is no tomorrow.