Maddox talks recruiting reversal back to WSU

THREE VERBAL COMMITMENTS is apparently a charm for Kerry Maddox. Saying he won't be changing his mind again, the Tyler, Texas, cornerback and kick returner says he's now fully committed to Ol' Wazzu. He explains how his coach and family eased his way back into crimson after he temporarily cast his lot with Texas State.

"I got some good advice from coach Brooks," said Maddox. "He said I should go D-I and play against the top schools and that if I really didn't like it, I could always transfer back to Division I-AA."

His family played a large role throughout the process, wanting him to stay close to home but then also supporting his decision to head to the Palouse to join the growing Texan contingent at WSU.

"Chris Ivory is going to be my roommate," said Maddox. "I know him because we played against each other. There's like eight guys from Texas up there."

THE COACH AT John Tyler High needed the team's best athlete at QB this past season. Hands down, that was Maddox, despite the fact he had never played the position in his life. Maddox responded by racking up 2,141 all-purpose yards and 21 touchdowns.

He was first-team all-district, and the team's leading rusher with 877 yards plus another 12 TDs including the playoffs.

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

Maddox is the cousin of Cougar linebacker Jason Stripling.

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