Madison enjoying late rise in popularity


In a perfect world late-rising senior Justin Madison (Tampa, Fla./Robinson) would just take an official visit to Wake Forest this weekend and choose between the ACC program and Iowa State on signing day. However two in-state programs have made it hard for Madison to stick to the original plan.

Madison has received offers from Miami (Fla) and South Florida in the past week. The South Florida offer came on Tuesday and might have bumped Miami from contention.

“South Florida is coming in pretty late, but it’s a new staff and they are doing a whole new set of evaluations,” Madison said. “I think I’m going to go by the school and meet the staff tomorrow and we’ll see what happens.

“It’s still unlikely they will be able to get in between Iowa State and Wake Forest because my relationship with those two staffs is so strong.”

Madison is an interesting case, as he gave up football last year to focus on basketball. After a year away from the sport he missed his teammates and asked to rejoin the football team during the middle of the season.

In eight games Madison became one of the team leaders and top performers. Robinson’s success in the playoffs kept Madison on the field and in front of college scouts.

“He was a major contributor for us this season and just a heck of an athlete in general,” Robinson head coach Mike DuPue said. “He’s also a good kid and a hard worker.”

Madison took his official visit to Iowa State this past weekend and said he could definitely see himself playing for the Cyclones next year.

“They really had everything set up nicely from the program’s facilities to the academic requirements,” Madison said. “Academics is important to me and I was able to meet with the advisors and talk about my major and the plan towards getting a degree.”

This weekend Madison will stick to his plan to visit Wake Forest.

“I was talking to Miami for a second but the Wake Forest coaches have been with me from the beginning and I want to see what they have to offer,” Madison said. “I will probably go to USF because it’s right there, but I’m serious about my interest in Wake Forest.”