Converse (Texas) Judson is always one of the best programs in the Lone Star State, and one of Judson's top prospects for the class of 2008 is three-star safety Dominick Maddox. The 5-foot-10, 191-pounder has offers from Air Force and UTEP, but he's hoping his play on the field this season and his work in the classroom will help him increase that number.
"I was just on the phone with UTEP," Maddox, who is ranked as the nation's No. 58 safety, said. "He was talking about my first game and asked how we did, catching up on things. He wanted to know where I weighed now and everything. I called him a month ago and we used to talk every week, but we haven't talked lately. I slowed it down since they were in two-a-days. I knew they were busy.
"Air Force and UTEP on my offers right now. I feel great about both of them. Thankful, really. I just want to take my time and see what's out there and keep the options open."
Maddox said he's working to get cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse.
"Before I visit those schools I have to get registered with the NCAA clearing house to take a visit," Maddox said. "That won't be a problem at all. Both of them are up and coming schools. Both are doing well within their coaching staffs. I don't get to catch a lot of Air Force games, but I know Mike Price is a great coach at UTEP. He's a players' coach and everything."
Maddox said UTEP is the team to beat.
"Before I came to Texas I lived in New Mexico at one of the bases," he said. "I've seen UTEP before, but it's been a couple years. I want to visit as soon as possible, but I want to make sure it's a good game. They're out in front right now. They were the first team to offer me when no others had come yet. I'm still waiting on others and we'll see what happens from there, but right now UTEP is sticking out to me a lot."
But UTEP and Air Force aren't the only teams that are interested in him.
"Arizona and Minnesota are talking to me and wanted to watch the highlights of me playing safety, so I'm waiting to hear back from them," he said. "I want to play in a higher conference. I'm kind of waiting to see to see if anybody comes up from a big school. I'll be fine in another conference, but I'd love to play in a major conference.
"I'd like to start as a freshman, I think I'm ready to do that. It doesn't matter how many people are there, if you know the calls and situations you don't have anything to worry about. I'm smart when it comes to knowing the defenses so I just need to keep my composure and I think I'd be fine."