Panthers offer Philly Phenom

Ironically, Pittsburgh fans are used to seeing a black and gold Steelers jersey at UPMC with the name Maddox on it, it's usually Tommy Maddox though the veteran back-up quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers. On Monday there was a high school football prospect walking around with the same jersey but a No. 80 on it instead.

Philadelphia (Pa.) West Catholic wide receiver John Maddox (6-3, 170, 4.6) ventured to the UPMC Southside Practice facility on Monday with his Head Coach (Brian) Fluck for an unofficial visit with the Pittsburgh Panthers.

"Pitt offered me in the middle of July," Maddox said. I was there Monday, it was a good visit. The campus was very nice; there are a lot of hills around there. The coaches were real cool especially the wide receivers coach Aubrey Hill. I thought it was pretty neat how they share their facilities with the Pittsburgh Steelers."

Panther fans had been frustrated trying to figure out how a prospect in-state could have thirty offers and not one from Pittsburgh. Coach Fluck shared his thoughts on that topic.

"Basically I think they had thought since he had so many offers he may not be interested, and I think John felt maybe they weren't interested,' Fluck said. "Basically it was a miscommunication. He is actually a Steelers fan he walked in there with his No. 80 Steelers jersey with Maddox on the back. Pitt is a good program with a lot of tradition at wide receiver; they have had two Biletnikoff winners there."

Maddox is currently finishing up a trip that has taken him to Pittsburgh, Michigan State, Akron, Purdue, and Notre dame. The trip will conclude tomorrow with a visit to West Virginia.

As a junior, Maddox caught 23 catches for 505 yards and 11 Touchdowns and defensively he recorded 65 tackles and 10 interceptions. According to Maddox he carries a 2.6 core grade point average and has scored an 880 on the old SAT and an 1180 on the new SAT.

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