Last year we at DP Sports were all blown away by the dominance of freshman high-jumper Maalik Reynolds. In his first year of collegiate competition he shattered Penn records and won the coveted gold watch at Penn Relays.
It looks like men's coach Charlie Powell may have made another big splash in the recruiting department, getting a commitment from Sam Mattis, a discus thrower from East Brunswick, N.J.
"I want to get into finance, so when I got accepted into the Wharton School of Business that sealed the deal for me at Penn,'' said Mattis. ``You can only throw the discus for so long. You have to find something you are passionate about doing in your life, and business is something I have a passion for."
Mattis was the New Balance national champion in discus last spring, and owns the NJ State records for freshmen, sophomores and juniors. This year he's aiming higher.
"Hopefully I can throw it a lot further than the state record this season,'' said Mattis. "That's my goal and I'm working hard every day to throw it as far as I can.''
It wouldn't be a recruiting story if we didn't have a youtube highlight, so here's Mattis setting the junior state record at 207 feet, 2 inches