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3-Star Athlete Josh Madison Commits To Iowa State

Iowa State and Matt Campbell is building a program with athletic playmakers like Josh Madison.

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It had been a quiet couple of weeks for Matt Campbell and Iowa State on the recruiting path. The Cyclones, prior to yesterday evening, had been holding steady at 12 commitments, the most recent from Illinois defensive tackle Isaiah Lee. After landing four commitments in June, the Cyclones had handed just one commitment in two months. Last night, that changed, when California safety/linebacker/running back (and teammate of UT commit Cameron Rising) Josh Madison announced his intention to attend Iowa State, ending the month-long drought for the Cyclones, just days before they host Northern Iowa in the inaugural game of the 2017 season.


Name POS Location HT/WT Rivals 247Sports Committed
S Newbury Park

Madison is the 13th commitment in Iowa State’s 2018 recruiting class, and the fourth defensive back, along with cornerbacks Anthony Johnson Jr and Jaeveyon Morton, and fellow safety Christian Young. Madison is the third commit in the class from the Sunshine state, along with punter Corey Dunn and quarterback Re-al Mitchell. California has provided more Cyclone commitments in this class than any other state. Nine states in total (Arizona, California(3), Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa(2), Michigan, Texas(2) and Wisconsin) have supplied recruits for Matt Campbell’s second full class in Ames.

Madison picked Iowa State over a number of MWC schools, including Colorado State, Hawaii, Nevada, San Jose State, Utah State and Wyoming. He held one power five offer outside of Iowa State’s from Kyle Whittingham at Utah. Madison doesn’t really like to play the “recruiting game” some players like to do, and was never really looking very hard at many schools. Iowa State sold him on early playing time, and the chance to forge his own path, and obviously, he’s sold on those ideas, and on the coaching staff Campbell has built.

On the field, Madison could play safety or linebacker in Ames. He’s never going to be big enough to play middle linebacker, but with his speed and ability to get to the quarterback, outside linebacker would make a lot of sense for Madison is Iowa State needs that from him. he’d need to add about 20 pounds of muscle, but no matter where he ends up, it’ll be hard to keep this young man off the field. He’s a very raw freak athlete, with an enormous ceiling, and a lot of edges that need rounded out. He’s powerful, aggressive, and honestly, a lot of fun to watch. He needs development in his coverage skills, but with some coaching, Madison has the physical skill to play in the NFL. His ceiling comparison is Calvin Pryor.

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