From One Church School to Another?

You think your high school team was good? Folks, you need to check out Saint Bonaventure High School in Ventura, California, where there have been only three losses in the past six years. The school is also the home to a couple of LDS recruits that BYU will have a close eye on this season.

"It's a great high school to play for," said Kyle Maddux of Saint Bonaventure High School. "We have a great coaching staff that teaches us all the right things."

Maddux, 6'2", 210 pounds, is joined by fellow BYU summer football camp attendee Doug Chavez as a starter on St. Bonaventure's defense. Maddux has been starting since his sophomore season and plays a very unique role on the defense.

"I play all over the place," explained Maddux. "I play at linebacker, I'll line up in a three-point stance on the end of the line or whatever according to the situation. Our defense switches between being a 4-3, 3-4 or whatever scheme according to where I play."

His productivity has earned Maddux first team All-CIF honors after his junior season when he recorded close to 90 tackles, 13 sacks and a couple of interceptions. "It's a blast to play how I do and where I do," said Maddux. "I get to do a little of everything and I think it's helped me become good at all aspects of my game."

Maddux performed well at BYU's camp, recording a 4.62 forty time. He also put up 32 reps of the 185 bar at a NIKE camp prior to attending BYU's camp. "I really enjoyed my time at BYU's camp," said Maddux. "I felt that I got a lot better and was able to learn from some great coaches."

Maddux is currently being recruited heavily by BYU, Utah, Utah State, Boise State, Fresno State and Arizona State among other schools, but has no offers as of yet. "All those schools seem real interested," said Maddux. "They've contacted me a lot and just about all of them have been out here to see me play. We always have a lot of guys who go on to play college football, so there are always coaches around checking us out."

Maddux would love to sign with BYU if given the opportunity, "I love BYU," he declared. "I love the coaching staff, the facilities and everything. Coach Mendenhall is a lot like the coach I have now, so I like that. BYU would be my first choice for sure."

In the meantime Maddux is preparing for his final senior campaign where he hopes to lead his team to a regional championship while getting some solid Division I offers. "I just love football and want to keep on playing in college," said Maddux. "I love defense, I love to hit. I think BYU would be a great fit for me since they run a lot of different formations which is something I'm used to. Hopefully things work out for the best."


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