In-State DL Madison Commits to Virginia Tech
The Hokies aren't done quite yet with their 2022 recruiting class. Today, in-state defensive linemen Malachi Madison announced his verbal commitment to the Hokies. The commitment, which was first announced to be this past Tuesday, was pushed back to today in order for Madison to have his teammates with him for the decision.
Malachi Madison made his commitment to the Hokies known, as he reported the news to many fans around the nation through his social media accounts.
The last official measurements of Madison put him right at 6-3 and weighing in at 310 pounds. And when you see this great amount of size in action on defense, it is easy to see why the Hokies needed to take Madison. On film, Madison easily holds his own on the outside gaps by utilizing his size and power moves. For instance, when going head-to-head against opposing offensive tackles, Madison can use his size to push either inward or out. He also uses a nice mix of power moves to aid him in shaking blocks.
As of now, it is still unsure whether or not Madison will take that move to the inside of the defensive line, or if he will remain as a defensive end. Nonetheless, expect Madison to make the curve that some of the last classes' defensive linemen have made.
On 247 Sports, Malachi Madison is listed at a 0.8416 (3-Star) for his rating and ranked as the 36th best player in the state of Virginia. I could see Madison get a ratings bump towards the end of his senior season here soon. However, the Thomas Dale High School standout has proven that he doesn't need a "high ranking" in order to own the field.
The Hokies offered Madison back in March of 2021 and the relationship between the two has been great since. For the longest time, Madison had his final three schools down to Virginia Tech, UCF, and Mississippi State. Back in the month of June, it was seeming that the UCF Golden Knights were going to close in on Madison. The 2022 defensive linemen even made a handful of visits to UCF and seemed like he was about to commit to the school. However, that didn't fall through for UCF, with Madison reconsidering his decision and delaying the endnote of his recruitment until now.
Madison will now become the twenty-third commit of the 2022 recruiting class. He will also mark the ninth commitment out of the state of Virginia for the Hokies this year. The Hokies now look to close out the rest of this 2022 class before signing day in February (or December if any commits decide to go for the early period).