Maddox Comfortable with Carolina

When it comes time to make his final decision, John Maddox will choose the school that he and his parents feel most comfortable with. North Carolina took a step in the right direction in that department during Maddox's official visit this past weekend.

"It went great," said Maddox. "I liked it – I liked it a lot. The coaches treated me like first class. I felt comfortable and my parents felt comfortable around them. They also liked it a lot."

Although Maddox, a 6-foot-3, 170-pound wide out from Philadelphia (Pa.) West Catholic, has visited Chapel Hill in the past, he was given a more thorough tour of the campus during the official visit. Additionally, he received an opportunity to speak more in-depth about the Tar Heels' recruiting situation.

"They said they definitely need somebody to fill the wide receiver position," said Maddox. "They got three seniors leaving and two juniors that are going to be leaving in two years, so they definitely need receivers. They told me that they had about 20 commitments, and they said they are looking to get at least 28 just incase three decide on somewhere else or something like that."

In addition to finding the potential for playing time favorable, Maddox feels North Carolina offers the complete package.

"It's an excellent school," said Maddox. "The campus is excellent and the coaches were also excellent."

Besides the Tar Heels, Maddox, who owns over 20 scholarship offers, is considering Michigan State, Purdue, Syracuse, and West Virginia. Despite enjoying his stay in Chapel Hill, Maddox is keeping things equal among his final five until decision time.

"I don't have a leader in the top five," said Maddox. "With this being the first [official visit], I couldn't say if this was probably the best one. But being the first one it was real good."

Maddox won't make his final decision until after officially visiting each of his favorites. He has no other official visits set, but hopes to take one or two in October.

With Maddox the main offensive weapon, West Catholic is off to a 2-1 start to the 2005 season. On the season, Maddox has caught seven passes for 87 yards and two touchdowns. He also has carried the ball twice for 46 yards.

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