Defensive Tackle, Class of 2022
Cedar Grove High School, Ellenwood, GA
One of the few opportunities that Cedar Grove (Ga.) 2022 three-star defensive lineman Malachi Madison had to see a university first-hand didn’t even directly involve him. But with the ongoing pandemic and NCAA dead period making it difficult to intimately know his options, he’s looked back on one visit especially.
Madison now counts 24 offers to his credit, most recently from Virginia Tech, Central Florida and Middle Tennessee. As he waits, to move his recruitment forward after the former Thomas Dale (Va.) athlete can take more in-person visits, he’s going by what little information he’s accumulated.
Madison said he’s taken just two face-to-face visits, to nearby Georgia State and Virginia during the 2019 season. The latter still has not offered, but he made the trip with his former teammate, 2021 four-star defensive end Bryce Carter.
“It was more of just an experience, seeing how it was like,” Madison said. “They weren’t there for me, I just went with him to see how it was. It was a good vibe there. They have a pretty solid team going on there and stuff like that.”
But the visits, as well as research and the virtual ones he’s had since, have at least given him an idea of what his ideal situation would look like.
“First, I’m looking at the education system, what programs they offer, how fast can I get my degree, how many I can get while I’m there,” Madison said. “I’m looking at my relationship with every coach, my position coach, the whole staff and things like that. I would say the feeling of the school, but through the virtual visits, I’m trying to see how they are.”
“I haven’t visited, but I’ve been talking to them since probably my sophomore year,” he said. “It’s been a long time. When I was talking to them, we never got into a heavy conversation. I think they were waiting for my junior season film. They’ve always been recruiting me and checking up on me. I just know there’s a lot...
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