Madison earns WFU offer

Justin Madison opted to continuing playing football this year at Thomas R. Robinson High School in Tampa, Fla. and it has paid big dividends. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound outside linebacker recently picked up an offer from Wake Forest and has the Demon Deacons near the top of his list. Madison spoke with DeaconSports on where Wake Forest stands with National Signing Day quickly approaching.

"I received the Wake Forest offer last night," said Justin Madison. "Coach Duffie and Coach Jackson came to my basketball game. It was great to receive the offer. I've been talking with them for so long and hoping an offer would open up. At Wake Forest, the academics are phenomenal. It's comparable to an Ivy League education. You also get to play against the best competition around in the ACC. I love the coaches. They've always been completely honest with me. I like they way they instill principles in each of their players. I believe it gives the player the best foundation to grow and be successful on and off the field. With Wake Forest, it's really a people thing for me.

"My top three schools are Iowa State, Wake Forest, and Buffalo," he said this week prior to receiving an offer from Miami. "I have offers from FAU and FIU as well."

Madison went to Buffalo on an official at the beginning of January, Iowa State this past week, and is slated to be at Wake Forest this weekend.

Madison is also a tremendous basketball player who is closing in on 1,000 career points at Robinson. He almost didn't play this year to focus on basketball, but had second thoughts once the season was underway.

"I loved the game of football," Madison said on his decision to return. "My teammates all wanted me back. I suffered an ankle fracture that kept me out most of my junior season, so I was just going to pursue basketball. It was the third game of the season against Jesuit when I returned. The season was great. Mostly, I played defensive end with my hand on the ground. I improved the most on my pass rush."

"Playing basketball, I think helps my quickness with the first step and getting to the quarterback. I'm being looked at for outside linebacker for my athleticism and ability to drop back in coverage. As a senior, my football I.Q. has grown tremendously over the last three years. When you read offenses, you have to make a decision in a fraction of a second. I did a lot better this year making the right call." The Robinson Knights finished the season 12-2 and made it to the Florida Class 5A state semifinal. Madison had 63 tackles, 8 sacks, three forced fumbles, three pass breakups, and one blocked kick. He was named first team All-Hillsborough County and third team All-State. After his final official visit to Wake Forest, Robinson will have to decide where he'll continue his career on the gridiron. "Facilities are facilities," stated Madison. "Most places will give you all of the resources you need to be successful. That's not going to be a factor for me. I want to play for coaches who will push me to bring out my best, but I also want to play for good people. I like coaches who value a person character over their athletic ability. I want to play for coaches who are morally sound people because that's who I'm going to be looking to for leadership and guidance my next four years."

Going into the season, most people would mention Bruce Hector or Connor Rafferty, both likely heading to USF, during talk of Robinson football. Justin Madison, who has definitely flown under the radar, may end up being the best of the bunch. His signature would make the Demon Deacon staff very happy on February 6th.

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