Three-star safety John Maddox out of Philadelphia (Pa.) West Catholic took notice of the Notre Dame-Pittsburgh game yesterday. The 6-foot-2, 164-pounder with 4.62-second speed has both teams in his list.
"Offensively Notre Dame was really good, technically both teams need a little more on defense and their offenses both weren't quite clicking," he said. "I was really impressed with Notre Dame and noticed they used a lot of players out of the backfield. They used the tight ends really well too."
Maddox took the time to announce that he has begun to schedule official visits.
"I set up one with Michigan State in October and I'm looking at scheduling one to Notre Dame when they play Michigan State," he said. "I chose Michigan State because I realized they need big wide receivers and playmakers. I just wanted to see what it's like during the year and game atmosphere at Notre Dame."
The No. 20 safety in the country played his first week of the season yesterday against Roman Wildwood.
"We did well and beat them 14-0," he said. "I thought I did ok. I had a little bit of a shaky start, but came down with three receptions for 19 yards. I also had one touchdown pass for 28 yards and an interception. I wasn't happy because I haven't gotten a chance to practice with the quarterback because of my ankle which is fine. My coach has saved me in games and took me out of practice so we're not really clicking. I understand and we should be clicking next week."
Maddox plans to take all five of his official visits.
The No. 25 safety in the country was named first team all-Catholic Blue Division and first team all-city after hauling in 504 yards receiving and eight touchdowns. He added nine interceptions on defense.