Moeller’s Madaris heading back to OSU

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Monty Madaris (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller)

Cincinnati Moeller wide receiver Monty Madaris
was clearly one of the top wide receivers on display at Saturday’s Nike
Camp at Ohio State.


Cincinnati Moeller wide receiver Monty Madaris
was clearly one of the top wide receivers on display at Saturday’s Nike
Camp at Ohio State.

Madaris
(6-2, 190, 4.48) was ranked as Ohio’s No. 16 prospect in the first
edition of the Bucknuts 50 for 2012. He already has a number of BCS
offers and is still hoping to hear from Ohio State. He enjoyed the
chance to camp at OSU for one day.

“I feel real good,” Madaris said. “I think I could have done
better, but I have a tweaked knee right now. I wasn’t even supposed to
come today, really. This was my first day back. It’s just a little bit
of tendinitis. It’s OK now.”

The speedy Madaris showed he could make all of the catches as he
excelled on underneath and deep routes alike. He first made his mark at
Moeller in 2009 as he had 12 catches for 146 yards and two touchdowns as
the Crusaders went 9-2.

But Madaris came into his own as a junior as he had 50 catches
for 719 yards and seven touchdowns. He also had 260 yards and three
touchdowns rushing as Moeller went 7-4. Here were some of his notable
performances as a junior:

* He had five catches for 111 yards in a season-opening win over
Cincinnati Moeller.

* He made seven catches for 136 yards and a score in a win over
Hamilton.

* Madaris’ biggest day came in a 26-20 win over rival Cincinnati
Elder. He had six catches 93 yards and one touchdown and also carried
the ball six times for 149 yards and two scores.

* He chipped in eight catches for 85 yards in a loss to
Cincinnati LaSalle.

* He caught four passes for 38 yards and two touchdowns in a 44-7
rout of Youngstown Mooney.

“I’m very aggressive,” Madaris said. “I am quick off the line. I
can get separation.”

As for his plans and hopes for his senior year at Moeller,
Madaris said it is pretty simple: “We want to win the state
championship. We want to go undefeated.”

When asked about his top schools that have offered, Madaris
listed Michigan State, Nebraska, Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois. Others
that have offered include Cincinnati, Boston College, Bowling Green,
Kent State, Louisville, Virginia, Western Kentucky and Purdue.

It has been reported that, barring an OSU offer, that Michigan
State may be the team to beat.

“I like all of the coaches at Michigan State,” Madaris said.
“Coach Dantonio is a great man.”

But Nebraska also has him interested.

“That’s what I like about Nebraska — they’re going into the Big
Ten,” Madaris said. “I know if I go there my family would get to see me
play.”

Madaris is planning camp dates at Kentucky June 10, Ohio State
June 12 and Florida State June 19.

“They came into our school last week,” Madaris said of OSU. “They
want me to come to camp. It was (wide receivers coach Stan) Drayton. I
have talked to him a little bit and messaged him on Facebook. It’s not
that far from home. It would be right up the road. I’d love to come here
actually.”

Click here
for highlights of Madaris in action from his junior year at Moeller,
courtesy of ScoutingOhio.com.

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