Madison Akamnonu is rated as the #21 offensive tackle in the country and #219 in the Scout 300 nationally. That doesn't even begin to tell how big of an addition he would be for the TCU Horned Frogs if they were to land the local star.
HornedFrogBlitz.com caught up with the Arlington Bowie lineman to get his thoughts on the recruiting process and to see how he's preparing this summer to get even better in 2014.
"I went to California for a few days, not for any colleges, I was just having fun" he said. "I've been hitting that weight room pretty hard and going to the school and working out with my teammates and working on my agility."
"I'm up to 280 now so I've gained a little bit of weight, but I have a long way to go before I'll be anything good."With a humble approach, Akamnonu is certainly selling himself short with that quote. One look at the physical specimen and you can see why so many programs are hoping for the chance to add his talent to the roster.
"I don't have any new offers but Iowa State is taking some interest in me" he said. "I was supposed to go to a Texas A&M camp and they wanted me to come down there so they could offer me but I wasn't able to do that so I guess that's not going to come through now but its all good."
With so many other programs to choose from, Akamnonu is looking for a place where he feels comfortable and has a great relationship with the coaching staff. There couldn't possibly be another school that has the type of relationship with the big man that TCU has with him, and for several reasons.
"I talk to Coach Perry on the phone every week" he said. "He was my former coach and I've always got love for Coach Perry."
As if his high former high school coach now being at TCU wasn't enough, he also has a couple of high school teammates that are committed to TCU that are working the talented lineman every day in workouts. Tony James and Niko Small both know how much Akamnonu would help the Frogs and they're putting the full court press on their good friend.
"Ahh yeah" said Akamnonu laughing. "The day after Niko committed, we were in the weight room and he was telling me Coach Meacham told him that if I didn't commit to TCU, the whole class would suck (laughing). That was pretty funny to me."All jokes aside, Akamnonu is a wanted man and TCU has made it known that he can be a major cog in what they want to implement on the offensive side of the ball.
"I've met Coach Meacham and he's a pretty cool cat" he said. "He's fun to be around and I think we have a pretty good relationship even though we don't talk as much. (as he and Coach Perry)."With a deadline approaching that he set for himself, Akamnonu knows he has to narrow things down quickly. While he isn't tipping his hand, TCU is very much in the race.
"The last day of summer is when I'll make my announcement to the world" said the massive tackle. "For the most part, everybody is still in it."
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