September 29, 2009

Mattox enjoys GT visit

The Georgia Tech football team hosted an impressive list of junior high school players last Saturday for the North Carolina game. Among those visiting was Clarke Central athlete Martay Mattox. Mattox is being recruited by many schools as a dual-threat quarterback, but the Jackets like him for a different position.

"Georgia Tech is talking to me as an athlete mainly," Mattox said. "I really would not want to play quarterback at Tech. I don't think I fit into the triple option and I am interested in playing safety there."

Mattox was particularly impressed with the play of Morgan Burnett in the North Carolina game. He said that he could see himself playing the Rover position for the Jackets in the future.

"I like Morgan Burnett a lot. He plays all over the field and makes a lot of tackles. That is how I like to play, so it was cool seeing him play," he said. "It looks like a good place to play and they talked to me a lot about the great academic program there as well. I really like it and I think it is a good fit for me especially being right there in the middle of Atlanta."

Overall, the visit went very well and Mattox was impressed with the whole game day environment.

"It was very nice visiting Tech. I like ACC schools and I am going to check out a lot of ACC schools and they have a lot of great athletes. I like their fan base. I got there pretty early, so I watched the Yellow Jacket walk thing, which was pretty cool. I talked to a couple of their coaches and the team chaplain. They treated me really well. I enjoyed the game and they had a good fan base cheering that was loud. They won and it was a good experience."

Mattox landed on the Jackets' radar in an unlikely way. Team Chaplain Derrick Moore noticed Mattox while he was watching an opposing team play the Gladiators. Moore then suggested to the Georgia Tech staff that they check out Mattox.

"The team chaplain Derrick Moore found me because he was checking me out at a game of the week. He invited me to this game," Mattox said. "I just getting involved with Tech because they just found me."

Another top 2011 prospect from Clarke Central joined Mattox on Saturday in Atlanta.

"I came up there with my offensive tackle Alan Posey. He is being recruited really hard by Georgia Tech," Mattox said. "This was the first school I visited that was not looking at me as a quarterback, so that was kind of different," he said. "That was my first visit this year. I plan on going to Georgia and down to Florida State this year."

Mattox has a South Florida offer, but he thinks his next offer could come from a major BCS school.

"I think Michigan is close to offering me," he said. "I think they will be the next offer."

Overall, the Gladiators are off to a good start and they host Rockdale County on Friday in Athens.

"Our season is going pretty well and we are running a new offense with some new players, so we are getting to where we need to go," he said. "I think I have 650 yards passing, 350 rushing yards and 10 total touchdowns this year. We are 4-1 so it is going pretty well.

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