Avonte Maddox is being recruited to play cornerback at Pittsburgh. (Bryan Mitchell / Special to Detroit News)
The Detroit News will profile one of its Blue Chip recruits every day leading up to the Feb. 5 National Signing Day. Today: No. 15 player Avonte Maddox.
Detroit -- As a junior Avonte Maddox deferred to the seniors at Detroit King. He played his role, took his lumps and made plays when called upon.
“Last year we had more seniors,” he said. “It was my first year playing high school football. I was just feeling my way around. This year we had just a few guys back. (Receiver Jalen) Embry and I were about the only ones back.
“Plus, I got bigger.”
Maddox played Pop Warner until his junior year, when he was 5-foot-8 and 149 pounds. He would not have had the size to withstand the constant pounding had he been the focal point of the offense.
He worked hard in the offseason to get stronger. Maddox is now 5-10 and 161 pounds, and had a fabulous senior season. He averaged 29 yards on 40 receptions and rushed for more than 1,000 yards. Maddox scored 17 touchdowns and had 30 tackles and five interceptions on defense.
“I played everywhere,” he said. “The only play I wasn't out there for was the punt team.”
Maddox committed to Pittsburgh and, unlike his father, Michael Maddox, who was a receiver at Ferris State, he's being recruited to play cornerback.
“I use my speed to my advantage,” Maddox said. “Even though I'm small I play physical. If I was bigger I would be the horse.”