Barnegat – Barnegat, N.J.
No. 81 OL in the country
No. 18 overall player in New Jersey
Offensive line coach Rob Sale made a big move within his first week on the job. A 6-foot-7, 325-pound move, who goes by the name Sam Madden.
The three-star offensive tackle out of Barnegat, New Jersey, de-committed from Wisconsin and reopened his recruitment in late January, quickly attracting interest from a flock of schools.
But after one visit to Athens, Madden was entranced by not only the school, but also the Georgia coaching staff.
"I fell in love at Georgia," Madden said. "I am thrilled to be with Georgia because of Coach [Mark] Richt, we have the best leadership possible. I am also excited to play for Coach Sale, train with Coach [Mark] Hocke, and having an offensive coordinator like Coach [Brian] Schottenheimer is icing on the cake.”
He has more than enough body to contribute to the Georgia offensive line - as a senior in high school he is listed as just about the same size as redshirt sophomore Greg Pyke - but refining his technique and body control will be Madden’s areas of development when he gets to Athens.
As an aggressive guy who is dedicated to the weight room, according to his high school coach, Madden will become best friends with the new strength and conditioning coach, who is sure to get him in tip-top shape.
Madden’s praise for Georgia makes it seem as though he cannot wait to be in red and black between the hedges.
"The players, coaches, and environment at Georgia are unrivaled," Madden said. "It feels amazing, and I do not know how to express my feelings other than utter amazement."
HONORS: Scout.com three-star prospect, #81 OT nationally, #3 OT in the state of New Jersey… PrepStar three-star prospect and All-East Region
SCOUTING: We really liked what we saw with him on film, and after meeting him really enjoyed him and his father on that trip and had a lot of faith that we were going to have a pretty darned good ball player. He's a massive guy, too. I mean, he probably was in the 345 to -- well, he probably showed up 345, probably left about 355 after all the food he ate on the trip. I can't even remember exactly how we got on him. But we got a hint that he was available and ready to make some visits, and we also knew that we were in need, so that's how we got hooked up. - Mark Richt
SCOUTING: Madden has the size and mentality of a left tackle, and his sheer mass makes him an intriguing prospect. He played his sophomore season with a broken foot, which speaks to his toughness. He is a much better run blocker than pass protector at this time. He needs to work on his flexibility and explosion, but for a kid who is 6-foot-7, he does keep a good pad level. - Brian Dohn
LEGGE’S QUESTION: Is Madden going to shape his body in a way that is effective for playing in the SEC?
LEGGE’S THOUGHTS: Right now Sam Madden is too big to be effective in SEC play. He is going to have to trim down with diet and exercise. That is an attainable goal for him, but it being attainable doesn’t mean it will be easy. But Madden could be an outstanding prospect if he finds a way to get in shape. Max Jean-Gilles had this same issue and overcame it.