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Texas A&M Commit, Anthony Maddox, looks to be Coach Bobby Petrino's next great quarterback

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Anthony Maddox was offered by Texas A&M on January 30, and after looking at the development their coaches have produced at the quarterback position, it only took him a week to make his commitment to the Aggies.

Maddox is a 6-foot-1, 165-pound quarterback from Oak Grove High School in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. According to 247sports, he is ranked as the No. 30 quarterback in the country, the No. 16 recruit in Mississippi, and the No. 485 overall recruit in the country.

It was a goal for Maddox to commit to a school before his senior season starts rolling this summer. But having an opportunity that best suits him in Texas A&M made that goal possible.

“Me and my parents have always talked about me being committed before the season, that was a goal of mine,” Maddox said. “I’m just grateful that I had the opportunity to do that. I’m excited to get down to College Station to see what they have for me, and I’m looking forward to it.”

Maddox did his research on all the coaches that recruited him, but something stuck out about Texas A&M offensive coordinator, Bobby Petrino, and head coach, Jimbo Fisher. He recognized the talent that they've coached at the quarterback position in recent years, and he wants to be next on that list. Seeing that made the decision relatively easy for him.

“Right after I got the offer, pretty much a few days later, I kind of committed to the school,” Maddox said. “I’ve always followed up on Coach Bobby Petrino, and I’ve seen over the years how he developed recent quarterbacks such as Lamar Jackson, Malik Cunningham, and Teddy Bridgewater. Just to see the development that those guys and the step that they took to get to the next level, I just felt I fit right in with those guys; dual-threat guys that can make things happen.”

Maddox is one of four commitments Texas A&M has landed thus far in the Class of 2024. According to 247sports, they hold the No. 16-ranked class in the Class of 2024 recruiting rankings. Maddox chose the Aggies over Alabama, Penn State, Miami and more.

“I have some pretty good relationships with some guys,” Maddox said. “Guys such as Daelyn Evans, I’ve stayed in touch with him over social media a few times. Debron Gatling, 2024 receiver commit, me and Debron, I’ve spoken a few words with him over social media. But I have yet to meet these guys in person.”

Texas A&M was slated to be a powerhouse in the college football landscape this season, but losing six straight in-conference games put the Aggies in a tough position. After the season they had, Maddox could have turned his head on Texas A&M, but he looked at the situation as an opportunity to grow and be a part of that growth.

“I think this year, a lot of people say it was a letdown, but I think it was a learning process,” “I think those guys took a lot out of this season. I not only think they took a lot out of it, I think it motivated them more than anything to go get it. Just because you have four and five-star athletes doesn’t mean you’re going to win every game, and that was obviously proven this season. But I think with the supporting staff, and the coaching staff they have, I think they’ll be back on track this season.”

Maddox will have to witness the growth Texas A&M will look to embrace from afar this season, as he still as a senior season at Oak Grove to play. Just as his final season of high school football will present challenges to him, the college level will too. But he leans on his leadership he’s been able to provide up to this point, and he doesn’t plan on changing that mindset.

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