One player garnering some early attention from college coaches so far this year is Kennedy (Burien, Wa.) TE/DE Cole Madison, and he recently told Northwest Elite Index that he is being recruited at multiple positions by the schools showing interest.
“Most of the schools looking at me like me on defense, at defensive end, but some like me at tight end and a couple like me as an offensive lineman,” Madison, who measures in at 6’6″, 260 pounds, said recently. “Oregon, Washington State and UCLA all like me on defense and Wyoming likes me a lot on offense at tight end. Nebraska hasn’t said one way or another, but because of my size, I know a couple schools think I could play offensive line if tight end doesn’t work out.”
In addition to Madison’s ideal size, the talented athlete has outstanding athleticism and he plays with a nasty streak.
“I love to block, that’s what I do best,” Madison said. “Schools are always looking for tight ends that can block and I feel like that’s my best trait.
“For my size, I have good quickness, but I want to get quicker and stronger this offseason. I’m also planning on going to a lot of camps, especially the Barton Camps because they always have some really talented guys there to work with.
“I’m planning on hitting Idaho’s Junior Day and I’m looking at possibly going to Wyoming’s camp. I am already planning to head to Washington State for their camp, Oregon for their camp and then I want to get down to the Nike Camp in Eugene too.”
As a junior in 2011, Madison was a two-way star for the Lancers totaling over 75 tackles and six sacks from his defensive end position while hauling in 17 receptions for 190 yards and two touchdowns in an offense that relies upon the run much more than the pass.
“You have to be a good blocker in our offense and that’s something I think we all take pride in,” Madison said. “We are going to miss guys like Jason (Thompson) because they were great players and leaders, but I think we will have a good team this year and we are all working hard to get back to the playoffs and then see what happens after that.”
We will continue to keep tabs on Madison and his progress this spring and summer and will update news as it happens with him.
Cole Madison 2011 Highlights – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lr1aPyHsh8o