Tre Madden proved himself in his junior season with 115 tackles, three sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery and the Mission Viejo, Calif., inside linebacker was one of the top prospects at the recent Los Angeles NIKE Camp.
Now it's time for the offers to start coming.
Arizona State, Nebraska and Washington have already offered Madden, a 6-foot-1, 215-pound prospect who said UCLA, California and Minnesota are three other schools showing interest. He recently told Rivals.com that Southern Cal and Oregon are also involved.
The Sun Devils are the latest program to offer and although Madden, who along with Aaron Wallace Jr. and Rahim Cassell were the top linebackers at Los Angeles NIKE, said he doesn't know much about Arizona State he's definitely willing to visit to find out more.
"I don't really know a lot of stuff about Arizona State but I know they're coming up big and they're getting a lot of good players so I'd be really interested to take a trip down there to see what's going on," Madden said.
There's an interesting connection at Nebraska and reason to believe the Cornhuskers could stay involved throughout his recruitment. Madden's father, Curtis, and Nebraska linebackers coach Mike Ekeler played together at Kansas State so there is already familiarity built in there.
"There's an automatic connection instantly so it's pretty cool to know that I already know him and if I went there I'd know someone," Madden said.
There is also a big-time connection at Washington already since former Mission Viejo offensive tackle Michael Criste signed with the Huskies in their 2010 recruiting class. Criste is already imploring Madden to think about Washington and there is definitely consideration at this point.
"He's going up to Washington and he told me he loves it so I definitely want to take a trip up there," Madden said.
Recruiting should only continue to get busier for Madden, who said he will participate in some 7-on-7 events this summer and then attend the USC Rising Stars Camp. He hadn't yet finalized his entire camp schedule.
If he continues to perform like he did at the Los Angeles NIKE Camp there's a chance he could enter his senior season with more than a handful of offers.