Madden excited by USC offer

Mission Viejo linebacker Tre Madden showed at the Los Angeles Nike Camp last month that he was one of the most talented defensive players in the state, and now he has the offers to match his talent. Look inside for more.

Mission Viejo linebacker Tre Madden showed at the Los Angeles Nike Camp last month that he was one of the most talented defensive players in the state, and now he has the offers to match his talent.

Madden grew up watching and rooting for USC and on Thursday he was thrilled to receive an offer from the hometown Trojans.

"I talked to Coach Barry earlier today and he offered me," Madden said. "It's a big offer. They have great tradition and its right in my backyard so my friends and family could come and see me play. It's a great school and the education would take me far."

The USC coaching staff has been stealing the recruiting headlines this week by getting the commitments of Mater Dei wide receiver Victor Blackwell and Crenshaw athlete DeAnthony Thomas. Madden, like many other local prospects, has noticed the tireless work of the new staff and is intrigued by the Trojans' momentum.

"They have been great. I really love them," Madden said. "I think they are going to do great with where they are going to take the program."

Madden is being recruited as an outside linebacker by USC assistant coach Joe Barry. He said the chance to play for a position coach like Joe Barry, who has a decade of NFL coaching experience, will be a factor when he makes his college choice.

"I feel like he is one of the best linebacker coaches in the country and he has tons of NFL experience," he said. "I just want to learn from the best and he is definitely one of them. We get along really great and I just like him a lot."

The 6-1, 217-pound linebacker led Mission Viejo to the South Coast League title by recording 115 tackles, one sack and one interception in 2009. He was also used as a quarterback in the Wildcat formation for the Diablos.

"I have experience on both sides of the ball so I can see what is happening and just fly around and make plays," Madden said. "I am great in coverage and love to hit people."

Madden earned All-CIF First Team, All-State, All-League as well as Defensive Player of the Year honors as a junior.

Stay tuned to SCPlaybook.com for updates on Tre Madden throughout the recruiting process.


Tre Madden now has offers from USC, Washington, Nebraska and Arizona State.


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