Will The General be headed North?

COUSIN JASON STRIPLING served as Kerry Maddox's host on his trip to Washington State over the weekend and the uber-athletic Texas cornerback who starred at quarterback this past season said the Cougs made an indelible impression. "The General," as he's nicknamed back home, talks about his crimson and gray experience, upcoming plans and more.

Maddox said late Sunday he liked Washington State immensely but with the visit to Pullman being his first official, he wants to take other trips and have something to compare it to before making a final decision.

"It went really nice, yes sir," said Maddox, who has clocked a 4.43 time in the 40.

Maddox mentioned WSU's season-ending football banquet as one of the high points of his Palouse visit. He said he likes Washington State for several reasons: Strong academics, the chance to earn early playing time and, he quipped, great food.

"Oh, we ate a lot," said Maddox.

MADDOX AND HIS LINEBACKER cousin, Stripling, grew up competing against each other in just about everything -- sandlot football, hoops, you name it.

"We do everything," said Maddox. "We'll just be out playing one-on-one in the streets, get a kid to play quarterback and he'll play receiver, I'll play DB. Then I'll play receiver and he'll play DB."

This weekend, the pair went at it playing video games. So who won?

"Me," laughed Maddox, before quickly adding that Stripling and he both took their share of wins.

Maddox holds offers from Utah and Baylor, among others, while Oklahoma State and Michigan State could be close. He has a trip scheduled for Utah this coming weekend.

UNDER FIRST YEAR coach Thomas Brooks, Maddox played quarterback this season at John Tyler High. Despite never having played the QB position at any level, "The General" led Tyler to the playoffs for the first time in five years.

Brooks, a 23-year coaching veteran, explains that in his first year, he wanted to put the team's best athlete at QB. Maddox passed for 1,900 yards and ran for another 670 on Tyler's 8-2 regular season.

Maddox didn't play defense his senior year because of the QB duties, but as a junior Maddox was a first-team all-league selection, racking up an eye opening 80 tackles.

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