Delray Beach (Fla.) Atlantic had a somewhat disappointing season a year ago, but the Eagles look primed for a deep postseason run in 2010. Their defense features several top playmakers including Minnesota linebacker commit Jephete Matilus and cornerback Kevie DeFranc.
However, defensive lineman Luther Maddy is coming into his own. The 6-foot-2, 275-pound defender, who plays both end and tackle at different times for Atlantic, has recently picked up his first offer.
"I got an offer from Marshall in June," Maddy said. "It came as a big surprise to me. It really came out of nowhere. I didn't know it was coming. They emailed me that they were offering me a scholarship and that was really exciting.
"My recruiter, coach (JaJuan) Seider, is the one that emailed me but I've been talking to coach (Sean) Cronin, the d-line coach, every week now. They're recruiting me hard and it's a good school."
The Thundering Herd may be the lone program to offer Maddy so far, but they will not likely be the last to do so.
"I'm hearing from some other schools too," he said. "I'm hearing from Syracuse, Minnesota, Kentucky and Central Michigan. They should offer me by the end of this summer.
"I've been keeping in touch with a lot of them. I've been calling them regularly, letting them know I'm interested. They've been watching my highlights and they've all said they're likely going to offer.
"I talk to Marshall a lot. I talk to them the most. I'd say I talk to Minnesota and Syracuse the most after them."
Maddy has yet to take in any campuses this summer, but he plans to change that soon.
"I went to a National Underclassmen Combine in Pompano," he said. "I got a leadership award and I was the defensive line MVP. That's the only thing I've been to this summer. I should be going to Marshall and Florida State this month, though. I talk to Florida State too, but not that much."
As far as making a commitment, the big lineman does not see that happening in the near future.
"Not yet; I'm not really thinking about that," Maddy said. "I'm just trying to get bigger and better and help the team go farther this year than we did last year.
"I think I want to wait a little while, though. I want to see the campuses first before I make that big decision. I'm not too worried about making a decision. I'm trying to work on me and the team right now, just getting better."