With only two receivers with quality experience returning next season, there is an obvious hole at the Wide Receiver position. The staff has once again been hitting the trail of trying to find, not only the high school's best, but the best in the JUCO ranks, also. This good looking prospect is the first JUCO WR they have found that fits the prototype. Find out how this past weekend's game may affect him.
WR Tony Madison (6'3 195), from Highlands CC, isn't your regular stereotypical JUCO prospect. Originating from St. Louis, MO, Tony didn't come from a troubled neighborhood or from a poor school. In fact, Highlands CC WR Coach, Chris Hutchings, echoed these words.
"Tony is on schedule to graduate in May with a 2.5 GPA," stated Coach Hutchings. "He is good student and a good kid. He doesn't fit the role of a lot of JUCO prospects, whom have a lot of trouble with crime or academics."
"Tony came in from the off-season very much bigger and stronger. He is a lot more agressive on the field now, and he is our clear cut go-to guy. He runs options, reverses, and returns kicks. In our game on the 30th of September, Tony had 4 catches, 110 yards, and 2 TD's."
Right now, Tony only has two offers. Those being from Iowa and Iowa's opponent from this past weekend, Purdue.
"Southern Miss, Oregon, Oregon State, and South Carolina are all showing interest in me," said Tony. "I only have one visit set-up so far, and that is to Iowa on the 8th of December. I wasn't able to watch the Iowa-Purdue game, but I caught the score. The game won't have much to do with my decision."
"The one big thing that I like about both Iowa and Purdue is the way they pass the ball. They both spread it around very well."
"Playing time will be a very big key in my decision as I only have two years left to play. I also want to stay around the midwest."
One thing is for certain, Tony has the definite size to play WR in the BigTen. Now the question will be how much playing time will Iowa be able to offer and just how many "W's" will it take for Tony to really see improvement in Iowa? There should be no problem getting Tony the ball, though, if he were to decide to further his playing days in Iowa City.
Will Melrose Avenue become Madison Avenue in the Autumn in Iowa City? Better change the speed limits then because this Madison is definitely in the fast lane.