As soon as Danny Mattingly (Spokane, Wash./Mead) arrived at Oregon for his official visit, he got sick.
“I got really bad strep throat,” the four-star recruit said. “My throat just got really swollen. I didn’t do very much more than just kind of lay around. I got to see a practice, but I just got really sick the day I got down there.”
The 6-foot-5, 218-pound inside linebacker had already made the trek to Eugene, Ore. over the summer. He felt like that unofficial visit provided a good understanding of what the university had to offer.
So, even though he wasn’t able to get the full experience of an official visit, he saw enough to know he wanted to give a verbal commitment to the Ducks.
"They took very good care of me," he said.
He spent a week weighing his options after the trip before announcing his decision Saturday.
“Oregon was my choice and I’m just happy to be done with it,” Mattingly said. “It was a mixture of what my family thought was best and just seeing how I would fit into their program. I was just their type of guy and I think it fit well for me, too.
“It feels great. It was really tough, because there were a lot of good schools out there. The decision was hard, but it just feels really good now to be all done with it.”
Mattingly, who originally committed to Notre Dame in June before decommitting earlier this month, becomes the 13th player to commit to the Ducks’ 2013 recruiting class. In addition to his trip to Oregon, he also took official visits to Washington, Miami, Arizona State and UCLA.
“I had an opportunity that was great,” he said. “I saw a bunch of schools.”
After weighing his options, Mattingly decided the Ducks provided the best fit for his football future.
“It felt right,” he said. “I met a lot of the guys. They were a lot like me and those are definitely guys I can be around.”
Since he was forced to spend most of his official visit in his hotel room, Oregon players took the trip to the recruit.
“They all came to the hotel room and introduced themselves to me, even though I was sick,” Mattingly said. “I didn’t want to get them sick. It was just very nice of them. That meant a lot to me, too.”
Once he made his decision, Mattingly’s called linebackers coach Don Pellum. Then he called coach Chip Kelly and defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti.
“My relationships with the coaches are awesome,” he said. “Those are awesome guys. They’re going to really be there for me.”