COLUMBIA — Maty Mauk, a high school quarterback from Kenton, Ohio, has confirmed that he made a verbal commitment to come to Missouri in 2012.
“It’s the most excitement I’ve had in a long time,” Mauk said Friday by phone. “I’m ready to come and help Missouri as much as I possibly can.”
Mauk, ranked as the No. 10 quarterback in the class of 2012 by Scout.com, No. 15 by ESPN and No. 19 by Rivals.com, made an unofficial visit to Columbia on Thursday, where he met with offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach David Yost and head coach Gary Pinkel.
While a verbal commitment is non-binding (both Blaine and Tyler Gabbert reneged on verbal commitments to Nebraska to come to MU), Tiger fans can take some stock in the fact that Mauk said he won’t take any more visits to other campuses.
“I think I’m done with visits,” he said. “Except for my official to Missouri.”
Mauk, who is 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 190 pounds, has started at quarterback for the past three seasons at Kenton High School for his father, Kenton coach Mike Mauk. Playing in a spread offense similar to Missouri’s, Maty Mauk has climbed through the Ohio High School Football record book quickly. He is second in career passing yards and career passing touchdowns behind a quarterback he is familiar with: his older brother Ben Mauk.
“They’re very similar,” Mike Mauk said of his two sons. “They’re both extremely hard workers, and neither gets complacent.”
Maty Mauk's decision to come to Missouri was driven by a number of factors. With the Tigers' past three starting quarterbacks now in the NFL, Mauk said he was excited to come to what he called, “an NFL producer.”
Systemic similarities between Mike Mauk’s Kenton High School spread and Missouri’s made Maty Mauk and the Tigers a good match.
“We try do a lot of high octane, get the ball out, get the ball to receivers kind of stuff,” Mike Mauk said. “But the biggest thing is the school is a good fit for not only football but academically and socially. If they ask him to hand it off every time, he’ll do it.”
The Mauk family also made a trip to Springfield earlier in the week, where Maty Mauk’s sister and brother-in-law live. His brother-in-law, a Hillcrest High School graduate, brought Maty Mauk to a Hillcrest football practice, where he was introduced to nationally heralded wide receiver prospect Dorial Green-Beckham.
Despite speculation that the two played catch, Mauk said he never threw a pass but did confirm that he and Green-Beckham talked extensively.
“We walked and talked, played some basketball,” Mauk said. “He’s going to narrow down his choices in the next few weeks here.”
Green-Beckham is currently ranked as the No. 1 wide receiver in the country by ESPN, Scout and Rivals. Rivals also has him listed as the No. 1 overall recruit at all positions. According to Rivals, Green-Beckham has scholarship offers from 21 different schools including Missouri, Big 12 powerhouses Texas and Oklahoma, defending national champion Auburn and other college football blue bloods such as Ohio State, Florida, USC, Nebraska and Alabama.
“I’d definitely like to throw to him in the future,” Mauk said. “But I wouldn’t expect a decision from him anytime soon.”