Waterloo (Iowa) East wide receiver Javon Middleton was a standout at two Rivals Camps this off-season. Just a sophomore, he now looks to carry that momentum into his 2013 season.
"I learned a lot when I was down [at the Rivals Camps]," Middleton said. "I learned nothing is going to be handed to you, you've got to go get it."
Although his performances at the Rivals Camps earned him recognition, Middleton took them as a motivation to push even harder in preparation for his sophomore season.
"I have been running routes on air, just trying to get better," Middleton said. "I have gotten quicker and my routes are way better than last year. I want to be more aggressive on the offensive side of the ball and defensive side of the ball."
The 5-foot-11, 164-pound Middleton played varsity as a freshman, collecting 38 receptions during the 2012 season. He expects to start on both sides of the ball for Waterloo East this fall. He is not sure whether he projects better as a wide receiver or cornerback at the college level, so he is working to develop at both positions.
College recruiting has started with a few standard recruit mailings from schools like Cincinnati and Nebraska. Three schools he would like to hear from as the process progresses are Florida, LSU and Oregon.
"LSU, they have a great DB program down there," Middleton said. "At Oregon I like the fast-paced style. At Florida I like the DB program too."
What could make recruiting interesting for Middleton has his process evolves is the fact that he has a family member who coaches at the Division I level.
"My uncle coaches at Houston. He's the receivers coach [Brandon Middleton]," Middleton said. "He says to just stay positive with everything and take your time."
Although Middleton has received guidance on how to approach the game from his uncle, he said Houston has not yet started recruiting him.
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