Honorable mentionable Class 4A All-State as a junior after making 118 tackles and helping his team advance to the second round of the state playoffs, Madden is a middle linebacker who has developed a reputation as a player with a knack for finding the football from sideline to sideline.
"I really liked my visit to Auburn," Madden says. "The coaches made me feel like I was at home. I watched the practice and I like how the coaches are really active with their players. I talked to Coach (James) Willis, who I believe is the linebacker coach, and that went well."
Madden, who was named the county big school defensive player of the year by the Anniston Star as a junior, says, "I started playing football as a ninth grader and I became a starter as a sophomore."
He finished the season with 87 tackles that year and his coaches at Saks, who note he is a high character guy on and off the field, are expecting a big performance out of the linebacker as a third-year starter this fall.
Madden, who is still waiting on his first early scholarship offer, has also seen action at wide receiver, but projects as a defensive player at the next level. He plans to check out some other colleges this spring.
Asked if he grew up a fan of a particular college football team, Madden notes, "When I grew up I was a big fan of Miami, but I have slacked off on that now. My interest is growing in Auburn so I am looking at them for real."
Madden, who says he makes A's and B's in high school, is interested in majoring in engineering in college. Football could be his ticket to a scholarship. In basketball, he plays power forward and center. "I am like a rebounder, a gargabe man," he jokes.
There isn't much demand for six-foot-one college power forwards, but he does have the size to play linebacker in college if he continues to grow a bit, which is something he expects to happen. "I think I am going to get bigger," he says.