Big OL Madden Checks In

Barnegat (N.J.) hulking offensive lineman Sam Madden is doing his best to stay humble as the interest continues to pile up. The 6-foot-7, three-star tackle most recently visited Rutgers and has Wisconsin's camp in his sights at the end of his school year.

The offers continue to come in for Barnegat (N.J.) 6-foot-7 offensive lineman Sam Madden, who is eager to showcase his talents to schools during the spring evaluation period.

Before the start of spring evaluation, Madden visited nearby Rutgers which was one of the first schools to come through with an offer.

"I'm considering every offer I get and Rutgers is toward the top of my interest," Madden said. "I liked my visits, and I like a head coach that has offensive line experience like coach [Kyle] Flood. He was the o-line coach obviously. They've had some pretty good linemen."

Madden received a tour of facilities and continue to meet the faces of the football program.

"It went very well," Madden said. "I got to sit in on an offensive line meeting and work on terminology. I was watching the linemen work out at practice, and it was pretty neat.

"I'm pretty comfortable [with the staff]. I got to talking with the strength coach Jeremy Cole and had a good conversation with him, and he's a pretty cool guy."

Madden could make a return trip to Rutgers this spring, and has a Wisconsin visit set for June 15. He will see Wisconsin in-person for the first time, and work hands on with head coach Gary Anderson and line coach T.J. Woods.

"It's good with them offering me, and I'll see everything at Wisconsin," Madden said. "I want to see the campus, see how I like it and get some work. That's definitely one camp I'm going to. I'll probably go to others. Me and my dad will figure that out."

With teammate Manny Bowen blowing up with offseason offers, Madden and Barnegat project to host dozens of big-name schools during the spring evaluation period.

Alabama, Florida State, Rutgers, Wisconsin, Florida State and Penn State are all already locked in for visits.

"I'm so excited," said Madden, who is up to 19 verbal offers. "I've slimmed down a lot since last season, and I'm in good shape. I'm working my butt off every day and I'm doing pretty good. It's going to be pretty good to show [colleges] how I've gotten better."

Madden does not plan to let his recruitment drag until signing day, but aims to get in a handful off official visits before a decision.

"I want to have an idea by the end of the season," Madden said. "I'd like to be committed somewhere around there. I don't have a schedule."

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