Justin Madison told Scout today that while on his trip out to Iowa State for a weekend visit, he got a call from Miami. The Hurricanes told him he has a scholarship offer for the 2013 class.
Madison landed some early offers from schools like Buffalo and FIU. After his senior tape got out, he started getting more interest. He was offered by Iowa State and Wake Forest just in the last couple weeks. He is on a weekend visit to Iowa State right now, and had one scheduled to Wake Forest for next weekend.
On The Field:
Madison had been an under-the-radar kid until the second half of his senior season. He helped his Tampa Robinson team reach the state semi-finals. Playing on both sides of the ball, Madison was rarely used in the passing game. He did catch four passes at tight end, averaged 10 yards per catch, and scored on three of his four catches. On the defensive side of the ball he logged 49 tackles, eight sacks, and three caused fumbles. He even blocked a kick on special teams. He was the best player on a very good Robinson team.
The Miami Offer:
This has to be all Mario Cristobal. Madison was offered early in the process by Cristobal and his FIU coaching staff. Madison plays on both sides, and while he projects as a defensive end, he's probably the type of player who could end up playing on either side. And remember, Cristobal is now Miami's tight ends coach. This is a kid he clearly wanted a lot at FIU, and that probably didn't change even after he got the job at Miami. He must have been able to convince Al Golden and the rest of the staff to pull the trigger here. Or perhaps it wasn't Cristobal, but all signs (especially the early FIU offer and Madison potentially playing tight end in college) point to it being that way.
One of the first things a lot of Miami fans are going to wonder is why didn't the Canes offer, or even actively recruit, Madison earlier in the process. There are four players on the current roster who were in similar situations, in terms of getting offers late in the process by Golden's staff -- OL Hunter Wells, DT Corey King, OLB Thurston Armbrister, and LB Jawand Blue. King and Armbrister have already played roles on the team,, while the future of Wells and Blue seems to be up in the air. The hope, and probably realistic expectation, is that Madison will be a simialr type of player to Armbrister and King.
Having said that, this team is in desperate need of pass-catching tight ends and pass-rushing defensive ends. Beau Sandland and Standish Dobard seem to have taken care of that need at tight end. Alquadin Muhammad and Devante Bond have been recruited to take care of that need at defensive end. However, adding a fifth player into the mix probably makes sense -- even with a small recruiting class this year.
Stay on CanesTime.com for more news and analysos on Madison, and the rest of the remaining targets for Miami.