About two months ago Olney (Md.) Our Lady of Good Counsel junior offensive lineman Mike Madaras picked up a verbal scholarship offer from NC State.
Now that his season is over the 6-6, 270-pound offensive tackle can start to learn a little bit about the Wolfpack.
Madaras was a force at offensive tackle for Good Counsel this season and he also lined up along the defensive line at times, showing off his versatility. On Sunday he and his teammates scored a big accomplishment, defeating talent-rich DeMatha in a 42-3 blowout to win the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship for the second consecutive season.
Good Counsel finished the season with a 10-2 record and Madaras had a big hand in their success.
"I feel like I did better than I did last year," he explained. "This year I'm a lot stronger than I was last year. I'm a little bit faster too."
Madaras said he isn't sure how many verbal scholarship offers he has but it's clearly a good number. NC State, Duke, Maryland and Georgia Tech are the ACC schools that have offered him, while schools like Pitt, Rutgers, West Virginia, Stanford and others have offered as well. Written offers cannot be extended for quite some time but a verbal offer is a good indicator that, barring something unforeseen, it's only a matter of time.
When did NC State offer Madaras and how did the Pack first get involved with him?
"I think they offered me a couple of months ago," he said. "I found out through my coach. I haven't spoken to them yet but that's probably going to happen soon once football season is over.
"I think they're a pretty good school. I just haven't had time to look at them seriously. I was committed to football and school, so now that football's over I'll look at some colleges."
Madaras has taken visits to Maryland, Pitt and Notre Dame, but he said no one should read too much into that. The reason he visited the former two schools is because they are simply closer to home than many of the other schools that have offered him.
NC State is a school that he may want to visit down the road though he doesn't have anything penciled in on his calendar yet. He does know what he will be looking for on those visits whenever he takes them.
"I'm not sure what I'm going to major in but obviously that's going to be a big factor -- what I'm going to do academically," he said. "A lot of it will be the environment and just the experience I have being there."
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