Commentary

Jordan Maddox earns MVP at Super 100

Updated: May 31, 2009, 1:06 PM ET
By Mike Loveday | ESPNRISE.com

CLARKSVILLE, Md. -- It is a four-hour drive from Keystone Oaks High School (Pittsburgh) to River Hill High School (Clarksville), but for Jordan Maddox, the drive proved worthwhile after the sophomore earned the Most Valuable Player award at the Bullseye Super 100 camp on Saturday.

Sean Reaver
Mike Loveday/ESPNRISESean Reaver won the lineman challenge with a time of 1:13.

The 5-foot-7, 180-pound Maddox impressed coaches with his athleticism, quickness and all-out play.

"There are a lot of good athletes out here, and I wasn't expecting this," Maddox said of winning the MVP. "I'm real happy."

Maddox and a friend drove from Pittsburgh to their hotel in Frederick, Md., on Friday. They woke up at 8 a.m. on Saturday and, after breakfast, drove the half hour to Clarksville to participate in the Super 100.

"Me and my friend Matt McCann wanted to see how we match up against the top 100," Maddox said. "I've been to a lot of camps and combines, but I wasn't sure what to expect with some of the top athletes around. Our coaches told us to do everything fast, explosive and to the best of our ability."

Thunderstorms rolled through the Clarksville area Friday night, leaving the field muddy and slippery. The conditions appeared to affect some athletes, but not Maddox.

Through every drill, Maddox went full speed. Although the mud caused some athletes to slip, Maddox kept his feet for almost the entire day, showing good footwork and balance.

"I thought I did good. I'm good running while it's wet -- you just have to slow down [and take] choppy steps when you cut," Maddox said. "Our coaches work with us a lot on cutting and keeping your feet under you when it's wet."

For Keystone Oaks this past season, Maddox rushed for 473 yards and nine touchdowns, helping the Golden Eagles to an 8-2 record.

With more than 90 athletes registered for the Super 100, it was difficult for coaches to select only one MVP. Maddox was one of several standout athletes who caught coaches' attention.

Catoctin (Frederick, Md.) defensive end Sean Reaver won the lineman challenge, affectionately known by coaches as "The Beast."

"I just wanted to win. Last year when I did it, when I got to the sled, I was leading," Reaver said. "When I got halfway done with the sleds, I just died. I just wanted to avenge myself from last year."

Dexter Davis
Mike Loveday/ESPNRISE Dexter Davis was under consideration for MVP at the Bullseye Super 100.

The challenge consists of three events. First, athletes are required to flip a tractor tire 10 times. Next, they run to two 25-pound weights, which they must carry 25 yards to the final event -- a 25-yard sled push.

"I've been working hard in the offseason lifting, and I think I just have more determination now," Reaver said of his improved performance in The Beast.

Reaver won the challenge with a time of 1mintue 13 seconds.

As a sophomore at Catoctin last season, Reaver recorded 15 sacks and earned an All-State small school honorable mention.

The top four linemen in The Beast challenge were Reaver (1:13), Good Counsel's (Olney, Md.) Ryan Watson (1:20), River Hill's Mike Harrington (1:22) and Parkside's (Salisbury, Md.) Damien Williams (1:25).

The Super 100 is for freshman and sophomore football players only, and for many of the underclassmen, the event gives them the chance to prepare themselves for the competition each will face on his school's varsity team.

"This helped me out a lot -- it gave me a lot of exposure," Gilman (Baltimore) sophomore Dexter Davis said of the Super 100. "I think I could have done better than what I did. I think I performed pretty well, but you can always do better. I'm going to go [home] and work on running my routes and catching."

Davis said Gilman head coach Biff Poggi expects him to play some running back, slot receiver and strong safety for the Greyhounds this season.

Among other athletes who were under consideration for the MVP award on Saturday were Davis; Tyrell Temoney, Dwayne Thompson and Chris Willis of Archbishop Carroll (Washington); Jordan Floyd of Loyola (Baltimore); Pete Sotiriou of Good Counsel; Ian Fisher of Brunswick (Md.); Adam Reed of Oakland Mills (Columbia, Md.); and Donnie Abey of Northeast (Pasadena, Md.).

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