Madubuike Wants to Visit UCLA

Jun. 2 -- The Scout 100 defensive end is really interested in a pair of California schools...

Justin Madubuike from McKinney (Texas) North is one of the more sought after defensive ends in the country.

Offers have rolled in from schools such as Alabama, Auburn, Baylor, Florida, Florida State, Miami (Fl), Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA and USC.

"It is kind of crazy right now," Madubuike informed. "I am just trying to soak it all in and be humble about it."

At 6-foot-4, 259-pounds the Scout four-star defensive end actually lined up at defensive tackle for the Bulldogs last season.

Still he had a monster season, collecting 74 tackles, 35 tackles for loss, 16 1/2, sacks, four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one punt block, and one field-goal block during McKinney North's 11-3 run.

He will be an even more valuable component this season.

“They are going to be moving me around this year, I do not know exactly how yet, but I am going to be wherever coach needs me to be and I am going to work hard at it," Madubuike said.

“I have definitely gotten faster and quicker and I feel like I have become a better leader, but I am not going to be content about it. I am still going to still try to lead by showing these guys the right way and being the voice."

"So everything is going well and I am feeling confident.”

He has not yet narrowed down his list of offers, as he is considering all of them right now. But time is running out quick as Signing Day in February approaches.

He will soon make a list of his top schools so that he can schedule his official visits.

"Yeah," Madubuike answered when asked if that was his plan. "I am just living day-by-day. I am just taking it one day at a time. It might change tomorrow. You never know."

"I am just going to take it slow and hopefully make my decision by the end of my senior year, if not before then.

"This summer I am going to take some visits," Madubuike continued. "Some far away and some close. I am just going to enjoy it because it is not something that happens for everybody.

"Definitely I want to fly up to Notre Dame and see what that is all about. I want to see the schools in Texas. I want to fly out to California – those guys are pretty cool. USC and UCLA. I just want to go see schools that I can touch down real quick and just put my 10 toes on it and see what they are all about."

Texas was his newest in-state offer. And, while he spoke about his interest in that offer, he also pointed out quickly that he has equal relationships with Baylor, TCU and Texas A&M.

"Most definitely a school I am considering. Charlie Strong is a great coach and I have always stayed in touch with them," Madubuike informed.

"I have also always stayed in contact with them all. Coach (Jim) Gush from Baylor, Gary Patterson from TCU and coach (Terry) Price from A&M, so it is all about even. I am not jumping on any bandwagon at all right now."

Last year Madubuike saw two of his friends and teammates commit early and them flip late. Ronald Jones flipped from Oklahoma State to USC and Bryce Balous flipped from Kansas State to Oklahoma State.

He is trying to take what he learned from those recruitments and work them into his own.

"I am not going to decommit," Madubuike stated. "I want to take my time. I just want to take my time and when I really commit (have it be for real.)"



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