Handy Man Maddox Offered

The majority of the time while viewing tape of a prospect, there is something that will jump out at you. With Philadelphia West Catholic wide receiver/defensive back John Maddox, it jumps out rather quickly. Maddox has one of the best pair of hands you’ll find on a high school football player.

Maddox, 6-foot-3 and 165 pounds, is not the biggest or the fastest prospect in the country. But nine out of 10 times if the ball is thrown in his direction, he makes the catch. Maddox received his first written scholarship offers last week.

Penn State and Rutgers sent their offers,” Maddox said. “I’ve been getting some attention from some big schools as well lately, like USC and Oklahoma.”

Maddox has high interest in two program currently: Penn State and Notre Dame. He is making plans to check out both schools in the near future.

“I am going to the next junior day at Notre Dame and one at Penn State in April,” Maddox said. “I’m very interested in those two schools right now. I want to see what they have to offer.”

The talented junior has been hearing from Indiana, Maryland, Miami, Iowa, Wisconsin, Virginia, Syracuse, Michigan State, Purdue, Akron and Vanderbilt.

“A lot of schools have given me verbal offers, but Penn State and Rutgers are the only two to put it on paper,” Maddox said.

Maddox has had the opportunity to spend time with Scout.com five-star recruit Marques Slocum, a teammate at West Catholic. The Michigan recruit had over 30 scholarship offers. Maddox gained some very valuable insight into the whole recruiting process through Slocum.

“Being around him helped me a lot, when schools came in to see him or watch tape they saw me,” Maddox said.

Maddox had 690 yards receiving as a sophomore. As a junior, Maddox caught 24 passes for 504 yards and eight touchdowns. Maddox also intercepted nine passes last fall.

He was named first-team All-Catholic Blue Division offense and defense, and first-team All-City defensive back by the Philadelphia Daily News.

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