Maddox Has Irish Offer

The Irish went to West Catholic high school in Philadelphia, Pa. last recruiting season and were able to sway defensive lineman Darrell Hand into choosing Notre Dame. This year Notre Dame has already offered West Catholic wide receiver John Maddox, and they'll try to lure him to Notre Dame as well. We spoke with Maddox earlier in the week to find out about this top prospect.

Philadelphia, Pa. wide receiver John Maddox is already a top name in recruiting. The 6-3, 180-pound Maddox plays both ways in high school, and he put up some impressive numbers during his junior season.

"I had 23 catches for 605 yards and nine touchdowns," Maddox said. "I also had 61 tackles and 10 interceptions on defense."

A number of schools have already offered Maddox including Notre Dame.

"I have offers from Penn State, Miami, Rutgers, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Syracuse, Wisconsin--there are more. I just can't remember them right now."

Maddox will certainly be a top prospect with a lot of choices. We asked the talented two-way player if he had any favorite at this point.

"I'm really wide open at this point. I really haven't even thought about that yet," Maddox said.

Maddox did say he had a favorite school that he followed growing up.

"I grew up a Notre Dame fan," Maddox said. "It was the gold helmets I think. I also liked the Irish mascot. I was really happy when they offered me."

We asked Maddox if he has any plans for the near future with regards to recruiting.

"I've only been to one football camp and that was at Penn State when I was a freshman," he said. "I might go to the Nike camp this year. I don't know if I'll go see any teams this summer. That will depend on if I can get a ride. I really haven't given it much thought yet."

We asked the Philly prospect if he had an idea of what he'd be looking for when looking at schools.

"I think playing time will be important," he said. "I'll also look at how well they graduate their players because I want to get a good degree. I also want to play for a BCS contender."

With all the attention that is already come Maddox' way, we asked him if the media attention has been a surprise to him.

"No, I wouldn't say it was a surprise," said Maddox. "I'm just very grateful it's happening."

Comments: Maddox must already be qualified or close to it or the Irish would not have offered. He's obviously a top player and will probably end up on the offensive side of the ball in college. He'll be one to watch this season. Top Stories