WKU football received a verbal commitment from Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Northridge defensive tackle Jalen Madden during his official visit with the Hilltoppers program over the weekend.
"I committed," he said. "It was just a good vibe there. Everything that I saw, the facilities were good, the academic side was real good."
In contact with the WKU coaching staff since the spring, Madden's official visit was his first trip to The Hill.
"I was looking for a bit of everything," he explained. "I wanted to see how things were from an education standpoint and they really have their stuff going. Academically, they are pretty tight. Everything though was really nice."
The 6-foot-3, 320-pound three-star Madden, who also played along the offensive front, also drew scholarship offers from Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Tulane and others, with Georgia Tech and LSU also among those expressing an interest.
During his time visiting with the WKU coaching staff, who he said were "very excited" to land his verbal pledge, Madden's expectations are to not only play as a true freshman, but to make his presence felt as a rookie.
"They are talking about me coming in next year and making an impact," he said.
Madden totaled 37 tackles, 6.5 for a loss, including a pair of sacks earning second Team All-State and Super 11 Tuscasloosa honors.