Gamecocks reel in second Georgia QB

Martay Mattox hails from same high school that produced Dunta Robinson

jperson@thestate.comMay 17, 2010 

Clarke Central quarterback Martay Mattox runs the ball in the first quarter as the Loganville Red Devils lead the Clarke Central Gladiators 15-14 at halftime on Thursday, August 28, 2009 in Athens, Ga. (David Manning/Athens Banner-Herald) MANDATORY CREDIT NO MAGS NO SALES

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South Carolina is getting another Georgia quarterback.

Martay Mattox, who grew up less than five minutes from Georgia’s Sanford Stadium in Athens, committed to the Gamecocks on Monday over Maryland. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound junior also had an offer from South Florida.

Mattox’s commitment comes a month after Connor Shaw of Flowery Branch, Ga., won the No. 2 quarterback job during his first spring practice at USC.

It remains to be seen whether Mattox will stay at quarterback. His athleticism could translate well at a position such as receiver or defensive back.

But Mattox said all his discussions with USC’s coaching staff have involved him behind center.

“I definitely want to play quarterback,” Mattox said Monday in a phone interview. “But I’m a football player.”

Mattox passed for 789 yards and rushed for 1,879 yards last season at Clarke Central, the school that produced former Gamecocks and current Atlanta Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson. Mattox, the second commitment for USC’s class of 2011, accounted for 31 touchdowns in 2009.

Mattox said he had met Robinson a couple of times at Clarke Central, although the two did not talk about South Carolina.

As for his hometown school, Mattox said he grew up following the Bulldogs but was not a huge fan.

Mattox said he had drawn interest from Georgia, but not to the extent the Gamecocks have shown.

He said USC recruiting coordinator Shane Beamer has been by Clarke Central twice to see him, and was there for the team’s first day of spring practice.

“It went a long way with me,” Mattox said of Beamer’s early interest. “I knew he was serious about me, and that made me serious with South Carolina.”

Mattox, who ran the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds at an Under Armour scouting combine in Atlanta last month, announced his choice at a news conference at his high school.

Like Shaw, Mattox plans to graduate from high school in December and enroll at USC in January.

And though Mattox was noncommittal when asked whether he would take official visits to other schools, he was unwavering as to where he would end up.

“I’m a Gamecock,” he said.

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