Madden Picks USC

Just two days after receiving a scholarship offer from USC, the team he grew up rooting for as a child, Mission Viejo linebacker Tre Madden decided to pull the trigger and commit to the hometown Trojans.

Just two days after receiving a scholarship offer from USC, the team he grew up rooting for as a child, Mission Viejo linebacker Tre Madden decided to pull the trigger and commit to the hometown Trojans.

"I talked with my family and we felt that it was the best place for me and I went ahead and committed," Madden said. "I committed to Coach Orgeron and he was excited. He then gave the phone to (Lane) Kiffin and he said to be ready to come in and compete for a position and championships."

Madden, who led Mission Viejo to the South Coast League title by recording 115 tackles, one sack and one interception in 2009, picked USC over Washington, Nebraska and Arizona State among others.

"It is definitely a relief to get this over with," Madden said. "I owed it to my team to focus my attention on them, and now we can go out and get a championship.,"

The 6-1, 217-pound linebacker said the chance to stay close to home and play for a school with a storied football tradition and strong academics was just too good of an opportunity to pass up.

"They have great tradition and its right in my backyard so my friends and family could come and see me play," Madden said. "It's a great school and the education would take me far."

Another big factor in his decision to commit to USC was the chance to learn from USC linebackers coach Joe Barry. Like all high school football players Madden hopes to make it to the NFL, and Barry's 10 years of NFL coaching experience was certainly seen as a positive.

"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."

Madden is the sixth member of USC's star-studded 2011 recruiting class, joining Antwaun Woods, Max Wittek, Jalen Grimble, Victor Blackwell and DeAnthony Thomas.

"I see those guys play all the time and play against them," Madden said. "Thinking that we could all be on the same team is pretty exciting."

Madden earned All-CIF First Team, All-State, All-League as well as Defensive Player of the Year honors as a junior. He plans to major in Business or Communications.


USC commit, Tre Madden, was named the linebacker MVP at the L.A. Nike Camp.


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