Aurora Christian's Maddie picks WMU

June, 30, 2011
6/30/11
9:36
PM CT

Aurora Christian senior quarterback Anthony Maddie has committed to Western Michigan.

Maddie, who is 6-2 and 194 pounds, chose the Broncos over Bowling Green, Illinois State, Wyoming, among others.

“It’s a great opportunity for him as he might be able to play there earlier than the other places he was looking at,” Aurora Christian coach Don Beebe said on Thursday. “The quarterback they have is going to be a senior. After that, they didn’t have as much that could be that guy. They’re going to bring in Anthony and one other kid that could be a four-year starter for them.”

Maddie threw for 2,767 yards and 26 touchdowns last season for Aurora Christian. As a sophomore, he attended Joliet Catholic and helped it to the Class 5A state championship game.

“I’ve trained a lot of athletes through our business (House of Speed),” Beebe said. “For our high school athletes, he’s as athletic as there is. His vertical jump is 38 inches. Just to see him dunk a basketball and his ability to run and cut and make guys miss on the football field. Don’t get me wrong, he can still throw. He’s just a tremendous athlete.”

Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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