Maddox: 'I'm Ready to Play'

Things have slowed down for Dwayne Maddox ever since he committed to NC State, and he is enjoying every minute of it.

Things have slowed down for Dwayne Maddox ever since he committed to NC State, and he is enjoying every minute of it.

"Man, things have been great for me since I committed," said Maddox. "All the calls have stopped, even though I still get mail.

"Everything is just really laid back now. I'm just going to be able to play my season and finish school up."

Maddox, rated No. 8 in the state according to Pack Pride, tallied 110 tackles during his junior season. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound prospect committed to the Wolfpack over offers from North Carolina, Clemson, Alabama, East Carolina, and South Carolina among others.

He stated that two new programs were trying to enter the mix and an in-state program finished second for his services.

"I know Michigan tried to get in on me and wanted me to visit," he stated following his commitment. "Maryland too... [North] Carolina was probably second. I've told their coaches that I was committing to State... I don't think they were too happy about it."

Although the contact from other schools has stopped, Maddox keeps in touch with the NC State staff, specifically linebackers coach Andy McCollum.

"I try and call them a lot... especially coach McCollum," said Maddox. "It's like we're a big family now with the coaches and my family. Ever since I committed my family has been all excited about it. I thought they were almost as happy as I was."

Following his commitment to NC State, Maddox stated that he was going to try and get some other prospects to join him in Raleigh.

"I've talked to a couple of them on MySpace... the phone, stuff like that," he said. "I'm going to try and get some of them to come with me if I can, but it is all their decision. All I can do is tell them I'm going to be going there and a lot of other good players are going there. Their decision is for them to make, not me."

With his decision behind him Maddox can now focus on his upcoming senior season at Shelby (NC) Crest.

"Man, I'm ready to play," he said. "I'm going to play middle linebacker, and I'm going to play tight end this year too. It's going to probably be a good season for us."

In between his games he will be in Raleigh for some of the Wolfpack's games.

I'm going to try to go to a lot of the games at State. I'm going to try and get up there with my family to a majority of them."

Maddox did have one piece of important news. He informed Pack Pride that there is a chance he can graduate from high school early and enroll at NC State. That is the goal he now has after finding out that it is a realistic possibility.

"I'm going to try and graduate in December so I can get up to State for the spring," said Maddox. "I found out that I only need three classes to graduate so I'm thinking of graduating early so I can get down there and play.

"They want me to come in and compete at middle linebacker. I think getting in there early would give me a shot."

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