Follow @LBeasley313The Western Michigan Broncos continue their great success with in-state recruiting, after earning a verbal commitment from Brother Rice (Mich.) 2015 athlete Delano Madison, who received an offer from during his visit to Kalamazoo on Wednesday.
Madison announced the news of his offer and commitment to Western Michigan on Twitter, making his verbal commitment No. 22 for the Broncos, not to mention, he is the fourth player to commit to Western Michigan in the last 48 hours.
Beyond blessed to say that I've just been offered by Western Michigan University and that's where I'll be headed to http://t.co/5a5BLaTvIO—
DeLano Madison (@th3future03) July 30, 2014
While this is obviously a great grab for the Broncos, this an even better moment for Madison. After having a good sophomore season where he showed plenty of potential, Madison’s junior season was unfortunately cut short when he injured his leg during the first practice of the 2013 season.
“I suffered a femur fracture for a second time this past year and it was pretty bad,” Madison said to the TheDZone.net during an interview. “I was working and working trying to get back but it just felt like I was making no progress. But now I look back to who I was and I progressed a ton.”
I must say I am extremely proud of Madison. Unlike some, he didn’t let his injury stop him from getting back on the field and he certainly didn’t let it stop him from being recruited. Instead, he took the time to get healthy and once he got healthy, he came into the off-season with a vengeance to make up for lost time and show scouts, why he is one of the top under the radar players in the state of Michigan.
At 5-foot-8 and 162-pounds, some may see Madison as undersized but there is no doubt that he is talented. One of his beat qualities, in my opinion would have to be his speed. While participating in the Core 6 Ohio Showcase, he won the fastest man contest and he followed that up by running a 4.35 and a 4.37 in the 40 yard dash at the Midwest Elite Combine.
On top of his great speed, Madison is also a great play-maker, who has the versatility to make plays from anywhere on the field. If you stick him in the slot at receiver, he will be a handful for any defender because his quickness makes it hard to keep up with, especially in single coverage, plus he has great hands. If you think I am exaggerating, take a look at his film below, you will see plenty of clips of him turning the corner and sprinting right pass his opponents, whether it be single or double coverage.
If that’s not enough, you can also plug him in on the defensive side of the ball, at defensive back. Due to his great speed, hands and improving technique, he is just as capable of making things happen there. The same goes, if you plug him in at special teams as kick returner or punt returner.
Nevertheless, for the time being it seem Madison will be getting looks on both sides of the football, seeing that Branden Hunter of Rivals.com, tweeted that the Broncos plan to play him at slot receiver and possibly at some defensive back.
Delano Madison says he'll play slot receiver at #WMU, and maybe some defensive back.—
Branden Hunter (@JustCallmeBHunt) July 30, 2014
I don’t know about you but I would call Madison’s recent commitment a true steal for the Broncos, because they truly have someone special in Madison. Keep in mind that I’m not saying Madison is special just because he has great speed or because he is electric with the ball hands. He’s special because he is a hard-working young man, who doesn’t let obstacles stand in his way. He loves the game and he wants to do whatever it takes to be successful.
“I’m a hard worker, I’ll outwork your hardest worker.” Madison said to the TheDZone.net during an interview. “I love the game, and I’m willing to do whatever it takes to win.”
Like I said earlier, the Broncos have themselves a steal with this commitment. I don’t know about you but I can’t wait to see who the Broncos gain a commitment from next. According to BroncoBliztz.com, with this latest commitment from Madison, the Broncos are now tied for fourth nationally in verbal commitments with Syracuse and Tennessee.
Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Sports Contributor for Radio One Detroit
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