November 17, 2010

Madaris experiences Buckeye fanfare

When Monty Madaris visited Ohio State on Saturday the 6-foot-2, 175-pound junior wide receiver from Moeller High School in Cincinnati didn't know what to expect.

It didn't take him long to realize just how passionate Ohio State fans are about their Buckeyes.

"I love the atmosphere up there," Madaris said. "It was crazy. When they were losing the fans were still screaming, 'O-H-I-O.' It was the same when they winning. I could literally feel my feet shaking."

During the visit, Madaris spent time getting to know the Ohio State coaches.

"I met all of them," he said. "We just met and they said they saw some film on me from last year and want to see what I did my junior year."

All he did was 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 scored seven touchdowns. He also rushed for 296 yards and added another three scores on the ground.

Because of his success and ability on the football field, Madaris will take on a larger role in Moeller's offense next season.

"I'll be playing running back and wide receiver next year," he said. "I'm going to work myself into special teams too."

During the off-season Madaris said he'd focus on getting bigger, stronger and faster to help him meet the demands he'll face in 2011.

Madaris hopes that versatility leads to even more interest from college coaches.

He's heard from several big-time programs and visited Kentucky earlier this season. He also plans to visit Notre Dame, as the Irish have invited him to every home game.

This weekend he plans to check out the Cincinnati-Rutgers game.

Early in the recruiting process, Madaris said he has yet to put together a list of favorites. Instead, he'll continue to check out every school showing interest and wait for his first scholarship offer to come his way.

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