Why QB Andy Maddox Committed to Michigan as Preferred Walk-On

Why QB Andy Maddox Committed to Michigan as Preferred Walk-On

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Why QB Andy Maddox Committed to Michigan as Preferred Walk-On

Andy Maddox was a Michigan fan growing up.

The Prairie Village (Kan.) Shawnee Mission East 2019 quarterback was talking to Dartmouth, Princeton and Cornell but had not received an offer. In response, he sent his film to Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh.

A few months later, he ended up in Ann Arbor for a visit to Michigan on Oct. 13 for its game against Wisconsin.

“After walkthrough practice, Harbaugh came and talked to my parents and me,” Maddox said. “He asked me how I liked it, and I told him I loved it. I said Michigan was always where I wanted to be.”

Harbaugh stuck out his hand and uttered unforgettable words – “Shake on it.”

Maddox shook Harbaugh’s hand and accepted a preferred walk-on offer to join the Wolverines.

“It’s an honor,” Maddox said. “It takes a different level of work ethic to be a Wolverine, and that’s why it’s the best. There’s no place I’d rather be.”

The 6-foot-4, 200-pound had a chance to explain his commitment to Michigan freshman wide receiver Ronnie Bell after the game. Bell was a three-star from Kansas City (Mo.) Park Hill.

Shawnee Mission East and Park Hill, despite being in different states, are separated by about 20 miles. Bell was excited to hear of Maddox’s commitment, as it meant another player from the Kansas City area on Michigan’s roster.

“He said it was a smart decision,” Maddox added. “He was welcoming.”

Prior to the 2018 season, Harbaugh praised a number of walk-ons including wide receiver Nate Schoenle, running back Tru Wilson, offensive linemen Greg Robinson, Andrew Vastardis and Jess Speight, defensive lineman Jack Luby, safety Louis Grodman, tight end Joey Files, fullback Peter Bush, tight end Carter Selzer and defensive tackle Carl Myers.

Former walk-ons under Harbaugh, Graham and Ryan Glasgow, were selected in the NFL Draft.

Maddox hopes to be like those players down the road.

“I have to work my butt off to get bigger, faster and stronger,” Maddox said. “Michigan will allow me to make it if I put the work in.”

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