Maddox: 'It's Been a Great Experience'

ROEBUCK, S.C. -- North Carolina is loaded at linebacker, as it is probably the team's strongest position. The most versatile of the bunch might be NC State commitment Dwayne Maddox.

Dwayne Maddox began the week playing inside weakside linebacker, but once drills and 11-on-11's started the coaches began to realize he could play anywhere in their 3-5 scheme.

The North Carolina coaches have had Maddox playing inside weakside linebacker, strongside linebacker, and he's even played some defensive end on goalline situations. Expect Maddox to be a jack-of-all-trades in Saturday's game.

"They really are moving me around," said Maddox. "I'm playing both inside and outside linebacker. I don't think it's hard at all.

"I played outside in the 9th grade and the rest of the time I've played inside so I can do either. I'm going to play some defensive end here too. They are going to have me moving around a lot in this game."

Maddox arrived in Spartanburg on Saturday and began the week with a trip to the Shriner's hospital. For him, the entire week has been exactly what he expected.

It's been a great experience," he stated. "It's been real fun. Going to the hospital and seeing the kids, and hanging out with the players... I'm loving it down here."

One of NC State's earliest commitments, Maddox officially visited NC State on December 1st. Because he projects as an early enrollee, Maddox was one of the fist official visitors for the Wolfpack.

"I'm still going to State early," he said. "I'm suppose to be up there January 8th or 9th. I loved my visit up there. I spent a lot of time with the players and the coaches, and we ate so much food. It seemed like that's about all I did when I was up there... it didn't make any sense."

Maddox is also doing some recruiting for the Wolfpack. Several uncommitted prospects are participating in the Shrine Bowl, and he is talking up NC State to just about anyone who will listen.

"I've been working Nick Becton," he said. "I'm trying to tell him to come on and sign with us. I really have a feeling he's going to be a Wolfpacker, but it's going to be his decision.

"I was trying to get my roomate E.J. Abrams-Ward, but I don't think he's trying to come join us. He was telling me he's looking at North and South Carolina, Tennessee and Boston College."

Scouting Report: "Maddox plays in the middle and is at his best when things come to him. Maddox defeats blocks and goes and gets the ball. He fills the hole tremendously well and super quick in getting through the gap to get to the ball carrier. Maddox is a big hitter that plays until the whistle blows. He plays well laterally and will chase the play no matter where on the field. Maddox is big, physical and very aggressive."

Coach Quote: "What separates him is the speed deal – he can fly. He runs a 4.6 [40-yard dash time] every time you clock him. He's probably going to get even faster this year, because he's running track.

"He doesn't weigh as much as [former Crest prep All-Americans Shamar Finney and Brandon Spikes] right now -- probably when he graduates he'll weigh 230 -- but he still has somewhere between nine and ten solo [tackles] every game. He's a player." -- Crest head coach Roy Kirby

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