Mizzou Commit Madison Spending Summer Wisely

While many other rising senior football players are focusing most of their energy on earning college scholarships and choosing between schools, Brad Madison has been using the time work on himself instead. Madison, who committed to Missouri at the beginning of March, is enjoying his last summer as a high schooler.


While many other rising senior football players are focusing most of their energy on earning college scholarships and choosing between schools, Brad Madison has been using the time work on himself instead. Madison, who committed to Missouri at the beginning of March, is enjoying his last summer as a high schooler.

"Next summer probably won't be as easy, so I'm trying to enjoy things since this will be the last one," said Madison, a lineman from South Harrison High in Bethany, Mo.

That's not to say he's working hard. Madison has been hitting the weights, working on his speed, playing basketball and enjoying his last summer of total freedom. He's up to 245 pounds – compared with 230 at the end of basketball season – and is noticeably quicker, the result of workouts with a speed trainer two times a week.

The defending state champion in the shotput and runner-up in the discus, he has been in Columbia this week at track and field camp. He's also been working out with the football team at South Harrison, which returns most of its key players from an 8-2 team, as well as the basketball team, for which he averaged 17 points per game last year.

Madison, the younger brother of MU offensive lineman Ryan Madison, does not know which position he'll play in college and has not spoken recently with the coaching staff about it. He plays full-tile at defensive end and offensive line for South Harrison.

"I wouldn't mind playing defensive end, but if they want me to play offensive line, I think I could do that, too," he said.

Madison said he speaks occasionally with fellow MU recruit Andrew Jones and is excited for the upcoming season. He occasionally gets recruiting letters from other schools, but tosses them in the trash.

"I think it's going to be a really good season. I'll probably go to every game I can make it to," he said. "I'm really happy with [my decision]. I knew I wanted to go to Missouri, so it worked out perfectly."

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