Huskies Get In Early With '19 Tailback

He might not have finished up his sophomore year of high school, but 2019 Banning (Ca.) RB Taron Madison impressed the Washington coaches so much with his size, speed, athleticism and productivity that they offered him late last week after seeing him in person...

"Yeah, coach (Keith) Bhonapha came down to my school (last week) and he talked to my coach and her offered me in person," Madison said happily. "They're my first offer and that's really big for me because they believed in me before anyone else did. This means they have been around from the beginning."

While Washington might currently be his only offer, Madison is attracting attention from Massachusetts and Wyoming as well.

As a sophomore last season for Banning, Madison started out at tailback, but after the starting quarterback went down with an injury, he moved in and took over as the trigger-man for the Broncos' offense finished with 800 yards passing to go along with nine touchdowns and five interceptions while rushing for over 700 yards and team-leading 11 touchdowns as a dual-threat signal-caller.

"When our quarterback went down in the second game, they basically asked me to move because they felt like I could run the offense pretty well," Madison said. "It was pretty smooth for me to move there. I wasn't scared. I just stepped in and did what I needed to do to help my team."

With his sophomore season complete, Madison thought that might mean a move back to tailback, but that won't be the case for his junior season this fall.

"They are keeping me there because they felt like I was the best guy to run the offense," Madison said. "I love tailback, that's where I prefer to play, but it's kinda cool to have my hands on the ball on every play and directing our offense.

"Like I said, I will do anything to help my team out."

The Huskies are recruiting Madison to play tailback and he said that's what suits him best.

"I've just been playing it all my life," Madison said. "I think one of the biggest things they liked about me was my size. I'm already 6'1" and 192 pounds and I think they see me as a power-back at the next level."

Madison has never been to Seattle, but he plans to rectify that next month when he takes part in Washington's Rising Stars Camp on June 16th.

"I'm excited about getting up there for it," Madison said. "I'm actually going to go to their (satellite) camp at the University of Redlands (June 8th) and then I will head up for their Rising Stars camp the following week.

"I love the chance to compete and I know the coaches would like to see me get up there to take part in the camp as well.

"I'm really excited to get up for the camp, but also to see the school and the facilities. I love the pictures of the campus that I've seen and I think it'll be great to see the city of Seattle as well."

Madison has only just begun his journey through the recruiting process, so he has no timeline for when he'd like to make a decision.

We'll continue to keep tabs on this emerging '19 prospect and we will update news on him as it happens. Top Stories