"My brother is on the team and talks about the team and the changes going on a lot," said Jeff Maddux. "He really likes the changes that are going on with the program and that makes me excited about the possibility of signing with BYU if that's where I choose to go."
Maddux has been in contact with BYU coaches and has been receiving a steady stream of letters for quite a while now, but BYU is not the only school showing interest in the 6'4", 290-pound prospect.
"I've been getting a lot of letters and I've been contacted by schools like Michigan, Ohio State, Michigan State, Minnesota, Boston College along with BYU," said Maddux. "It's pretty cool to be looked at by all these programs so early."
Maddux recently attended Michigan's NIKE camp where he was looked over closely by their defensive coordinator Jim Hermann. "They've been contacting me pretty regularly since I camped there and I'll be going back there soon for another camp," said Maddux.
This summer, Maddux plans on attending the Ohio State camp, the camp in Bowling Green and possibly Toledo's camp. While he has attended BYU's camp in the past, Maddux does not plan on attending this summer. "I've been there for the past two years and I think I'm going to stay close to home this summer," he said.
Maddux plans to wait for all of his offers come in before making a decision. He indicated that the process of deciding will not be a complicated one for him. "I just want to go to the biggest program that offers me right now," he said. "I want to play for a big-time program and I just want to go to the best football program that offers me whether it be Michigan, Ohio State or whomever."
Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, BYU and Boston College make up the list of Maddux's favorites at this point. With a brother currently on the Cougar roster, Maddux feels he is well briefed on BYU's program. "I know a lot about how they do things there, and I think it's great that Bronco Mendenhall is the head coach now." Maddux said. "My brother loves him and all the other players do too, so that is something I like."
Maddux is LDS, but does not have mission plans. "BYU being a church school isn't all that big of a deal for me," he said. "I'll choose BYU more so for their football program than it being a church school or whatever."
But BYU remains a strong possibility in Maddux's mind. "Like I said, I know what goes on down there and I like what Coach Mendenhall is doing with the program," Maddux said. "He's getting things done. They haven't offered me yet, but if they do, then it's an offer I'll consider for sure. A lot will depend on how they do this season. I'm just going to wait until all my offers come in and then decide. I want to go to the best program that offers me."