Maty Mauk closing in on records

Setting records is apparently a family affair in the Mauk family. Ben Mauk set the national record for career yards (17,634 yards) and was second in career touchdown passes (178) while at Kenton (Ohio) High School in 2002. Now, nine years later, his little brother, ESPNU 150 Watch List QB Maty Mauk, is on pace to take over both those marks.

"Honestly, I am not really paying any attention to the records," Maty said. "I let the media deal with that. For me, I just play in this offense and the numbers come with that because we really pass the ball."

A four-year starter, Maty has thrown for 13,519 yards and 151 touchdown passes in 35 games. He has also rushed for 1,981 yards and another 35 scores. That's 15,500 yards and 186 total touchdowns. An average season and he'll pass his big brother.

"I think Maty has all the ability to make all the different throws," said Mike Mauk, Maty and Ben's father and the coach at Kenton. "He can throw the short passes, the in and the out. He has a strong wrist and a quick release. Maty's very accurate and he has good footwork in the pocket. He also has a good awareness in the pocket and is elusive enough to make plays. He's a leader for us, a good field general. Maty takes charge."

Maty made quick progression as the Kenton starter. As a freshman he threw for 3,309 yards and 36 scores. As a sophomore, he threw for 4,450 yards and 46 touchdown passes. Last year, he improved once again, throwing for 5,670 yards and 69 touchdown passes.

"I think the biggest progression for me was from my freshman to sophomore season," Maty said. "I jumped athletically but it was more of a mental thing probably just because of getting the experience of playing. I think I now have good arm strength and mobility. I can get out of the pocket and make plays. I just need to keep working on my fundamentals."

Colleges have certainly paid attention. He has offers from Notre Dame, Michigan, Missouri, Illinois, Vanderbilt and Cincinnati. Those also happen to be his favorite schools at this time.

"I would like to make a decision before my senior season so I have it down to those schools," Mauk said. "I have been to see all of them but Illinois and I plan on seeing this in the next month or two. I want to be in a spread offense with the coaches and people that I want to be around. I also want to get a good education."

Ben Mauk played at Wake Forest before transferring to Cincinnati, and while they have a nine-year age difference, they have plenty in common.

"They have a lot of similarities," Mike Mauk said. "I mean in just about every aspect of the way they play the game. The only difference really is that Ben went through an injury as a freshman and Maty has stayed healthy. That's about it."

Watching his big brother helped Maty learn about the position and Ben is still a mentor to his younger brother.

"We were in the same house and I was really working with him every day. It was tremendous stuff for me. I feel like I have already been through it all," Maty said. "To this day he still helps me. Every conversation with Ben helps and it always circles back to football."

While Ben is currently playing for the Cincinnati Commandos in the Continental Indoor Football League, Maty is preparing for what could be a sizzling senior season, a season in which many records may fall.

"Of course my main goal is to win the state championship," Maty said. "I want to win our league for the fourth year in a row. That's what I am focused on doing. The rest doesn't really matter."

Jamie Newberg has been covering recruiting in the Southeast and nationally for 19 years. He can be reached at jamienewbergbw@yahoo.com.