February 18, 2011
Spartans on top for Ohio WR
One of the top wide receiver prospects in the Midwest for the class of 2012 will be Monty Madaris of Cincinnati Moeller High School. SpartanMag.com was able to speak with the 6-foot-2, 180-pound Madaris and got the details on the recruitment of this blue-chip recruit.
Wide receiver recruiting will be critical for Michigan State due to the departure of three senior starters after the 2011 season (B.J. Cunningham, Keshawn Martin and Keith Nichol). Mark Dantonio and his staff are looking for players that can come in and make an instant impact and they have identified Madaris as a prospect that can do just that.
As a junior, Madaris helped lead Moeller to a 7-3 record and a spot in the Ohio Division I, Region 4 playoffs by catching 50 passes for 719 yards and scoring seven touchdowns. He also rushed for 296 yards and scored three touchdowns on the ground.
SpartanMag.com asked Madaris about the offers he has received and his visit plans.
"I have 7 offers right now" he said, "I am sure I will be getting more soon. I am visiting Indiana this weekend and I may got to Michigan State the week after that."
The schools that have currently offered Madaris include Michigan State, Boston College, Illinois, Indiana, Cincinnati, Kent State and Bowling Green. Other schools that are involved in his recruitment consist of Ohio State, Notre Dame, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Iowa.
Madaris camped at Michigan State last summer and had a very strong performance there. At the Spartan 1-Day Elite Player Camp he showed the ability to go up and get the ball as well as being able to get in and out of his cuts without losing speed. He was one of the top performers in his position group despite being a year younger than many of the prospects in attendance.
We asked Madaris about where the Spartans stand in his recruitment.
"They are my top choice," he said. "I really like the coaches there, Coach Barnett is my recruiter. My former teammate Marcus Rush is there too. The indoor and outdoor practice facilities are nice and so is stadium. They are a good program and are only going to get better."
This past fall Madaris was able to visits several college campus to check out college games. He indicated that he took in games at Ohio State, Kentucky and Cincinnati. The Buckeyes have already offered fellow Ohio wide receiver Dwayne Stanford and could be waiting to see what he decides to do before they move on other in-state recruits
Madaris informed us that he does not plan on making a decision in the next coming weeks, but he could make a selection prior to his senior year. By that time look for his offer list to easily be approaching 20 scholarships.
Madaris also indicated that he is looking forward to his senior season. Archbishop Moller is always one of the top programs in the Cincinnati region and with Madaris and several other key players returning, expectations are that they can once again make a deep playoff run.
Michigan State is looking to address the wide receiver position with several high-level prospects for the class of 2012. The good news is that the states' of Michigan and Ohio have an excellent group of recruits to focus on. Madaris is a player who is in the mold of current Spartan wide receiver B.J. Cunningham. We look for Madaris to be a 6-foot-3, 205-pound player after a year at the training table and in the weight room.
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