May 8, 2013

2014 ATH Avonte Maddox has speed to burn

One player who has been drawing a lot in interest from Central Michigan is Detroit (Mich.) King athlete Avonte Maddox, and for good reason. All it takes is a few seconds of film to see that Maddox possesses rare speed, and he is rumored to have run a 4.38 at Ohio State's camp last year. With speed like that, he may well be the fastest player in the Detroit region.

"Yeah, everyone says I am the fastest on the team," added Maddox on the claim. "I know I ran the fastest forty time at the combine, but I don't put too much into it really. I'm not the one to say if I'm the fastest player in Detroit, I just try to use my speed because I'm not that big. But that's not to say I'm not physical, I'll come hit you and I like to lay some hits as well."

Lining up at running back, wide receiver, defensive back and returner for King, the 5-foot-10 and 165 pound Maddox accounted for 1,133 all-purpose yards and 10 total touchdowns. He also added 24 tackles and three interceptions on the defensive side of the ball, while also pulling down a 3.5 GPA in the classroom. Maddox holds early offers from Central Michigan, Toledo, Ball State and Eastern Michigan, but he said schools such as West Virginia, Michigan State, Indiana and Bowling Green have been showing strong interest as well.

As for where CMU stands? Well, the Chippewas were certainly aided by Eric Fisher and his No. 1 selection in the NFL Draft a few weeks ago.

"I really like the school," said Maddox on CMU. "I saw they had a player taken with the first overall pick in the draft, and that really opened my eyes. Fisher was a guy who is from Michigan and kind of came from this area, he is a very good player and a big ole' lineman that had a lot of success at CMU."

While Maddox is still narrowing down schools, he indicated he is planning on making a decision following his senior season. But where he goes to school is not the only question. Also a standout on the baseball diamond as a shortstop, Maddox is still split on whether he will pursue baseball or football at the next level.

"I really like them both, I'll just have to wait until the end of this season and see how I feel. It's a tough decision, I'm really not leaning either way."

While he has given some thought to playing both in college, he appears to be leaning away from it.

"I'm trying to play both, but most schools are saying you can do it, it just takes up a lot of your time and there is a big time commitment for it," added Maddox. "It really takes a special talent to do it, and the time playing both sports with your school really takes up most of your time."

Maddox indicated he does not have a favorite school as of now, and he will start narrowing his list down when he visits schools after his baseball season.

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