Tar Heel State LB Visits USC

One of the top overall prospects in North Carolina was on hand for USC's annual junior day event this past Saturday, and the elite Tar Heel State prospect came away impressed with what the Gamecocks have to offer. Is South Carolina now a contender in the race for this defensive standout? Read inside to find out more.

Crest (Shelby, NC) star linebacker Duane Maddox is rated as the #2 overall prospect in the talent rich state of North Carolina in Scout.com's early look at the Tar Heel State's class of 2008. The 6'2, 225 pound Maddox, who claims offers from North Carolina, NC State, Alabama, South Carolina, and Clemson, was on hand for USC's junior day this past Saturday, and the star linebacker enjoyed his time in Columbia.

"It went good. The coaches were real nice," said Maddox of his unofficial visit to South Carolina. "When I first got there I went and met with Coach Spurrier. Then we viewed the weight room, and we ate lunch. We met with the coaches, our position coach and stuff like that. It was pretty good."

The hard hitting Maddox, who recorded 110 tackles as a junior last season, spent much of his time talking with the Gamecock coaches about how he could fit into USC's defense.

"Coach (Fred) Chatham showed us around the whole place, and (Tyrone Nix) sat down and ate with us one on one. They were telling me about what kind of defensive scheme they run and how they need some more good linebackers and stuff like that."

The standout linebacker left Columbia with a positive impression of what all South Carolina has to offer.

"They showed me that they have great coaches that can prepare you for the next level, and they have a good program. I liked their coaches the most out of everything. I enjoyed it."

While the Gamecocks jumped into the mix for Maddox's services this past weekend, they still have some ground to make up in order to crack his top three.

"I would say my top three right now are probably (NC) State, Clemson, and North Carolina."

Maddox, who runs a 4.6 second forty yard dash, said he is looking for a few key factors when deciding on the school of his choice.

"I'm looking at a lot of stuff, like the depth chart at the position I play. Also what the defense is like, what the defense is ranked, and what they were like the year before. Then the coaches."

With the recruiting process just beginning to heat up for the highly touted Maddox, he said not to expect a decision from him anytime soon.

"I'll probably wait it out. I'm probably going to take my time on this."

When asked to describe himself as a player, Maddox replied that he is a true playmaker on the gridiron.

"I would say that I'm pretty fast, and I'm a sure tackler. I just make plays."

Maddox closed by sharing a few goals for his senior season this fall.

"First of all I want to win a state championship, but next after that I want to improve as a player in my quickness and my coverage. I want to make my teammates better while getting better myself."

Stay tuned to GamecockAnthem.com for all the latest on this premier Tar Heel State linebacker.

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