Cougs land another verbal from Texas

THE GENERAL, AS folks call him down in Tyler, Texas, is headed to the Northwest. All-purpose Kerry Maddox, who played QB for the first time in his life this past season and led the troops into the playoffs -- the first time in five years for John Tyler High -- has given his verbal commitment to Washington State. The uber-athlete could play early as a true frosh on special teams and defense just as his cousin, hard-hitting Cougar LB Jason Stripling, did this past year.

The chance to earn early turns was key in Maddox's decision.

"I committed to Washington State," said Maddox (5-10, 175, 4.43). "I talked to coach Pflugrad and coach Burtnett and told them I wanted to commit...I think I can have a strong position there if I come in and work."

Maddox, who played defensive back and receiver as a sophomore and junior, and was recruited by some for offense and others for defense, chose Washington State over offers from Utah, Baylor and Tulsa, and increasing interest from Michigan State, Oklahoma State, UTEP and others. In addition to the opportunity to earn early playing time, Maddox said the family atmosphere in Pullman knocked his socks off during his official visit.

"I liked the people," said Maddox. "The players and the coaches. Yes, sir."

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

"We do everything," says Maddox.

Now they'll have the opportunity to continue it at the college level on a daily basis, also a strong selling point for the Texas native.

MADDOX TRIED HIS hand at quarterback this season at John Tyler High -- despite never having played the QB position at any level.

He led Tyler to the playoffs for the first time in five years, passing for 1,900 yards while running for another 670 over Tyler's 8-2 regular season.

Thomas Brooks, a 23-year coaching veteran in his first year at John Tyler, explained he wanted to put the team's best athlete at QB. And Maddox certainly fits that bill -- having shined at wide receiver and defensive back in addition to quarterback over his prep career.

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

And why do people down in Tyler call him The General? "Because I lead everyone," Maddox tells

Indeed, he took the Lions to the playoffs for the first time in five years. But that's in the past now. Next up for The General, he hopes to help lead the Cougs into a January bowl game.

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