Mattox ready to get started

Martay Mattox
Martay Mattox

South Carolina commitment Martay Mattox is already counting down the days until he can step on campus in Columbia.

The quarterback/defensive back from Clarke Central High School in Athens, Ga., was among the first players in the Class of 2010 to verbally commit to the Gamecocks. He will also be among the first on campus.

Mattox and Blythewood tailback Brandon Wilds are expected to be the current seniors who graduate early and enroll at USC in January. Junior college offensive lineman Kaleb Broome and three prep schoolers, Kelcy Quarles, Brandon Golson and Brison Williams, are also expected to be midyear enrollees for the Gamecocks.

Mattox had a stellar senior season for the Gladiators in 2010, both as a passer and a rusher. He also played significant snaps defensively, serving as a shutdown corner when needed.

Though the Gamecocks are recruiting New Jersey’s Tanner McEvoy and Florida’s Jacoby Brissett, who are also dual-threat quarterbacks, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound Mattox is the only quarterback currently in the fold for USC. And he may not ultimately play quarterback.

“Right now I want to get a shot at playing quarterback obviously,” Mattox said. “But we’re going to work to get me in somewhere that I can play football at Carolina.”

Mattox took his official visit to USC with McEvoy and said he has no problem with the Gamecocks’ continued pursuit of another quarterback. Most schools sign one quarterback per recruiting class, but USC is obviously willing to risk another with Mattox’s future position in doubt.

Early enrollment will give Mattox the opportunity to hone his skills in spring practice.

“I’m really excited,” Mattox said. “I’m ready for a new chapter in my life and to start something new. I’m interested to see how college life will be.”