The King's Academy's Jason Maduafokwa picks up scholarship offer
It only took one full season of football for Jason Maduafokwa to capture the attention of colleges.
The Nigerian native — and running back at The King’s Academy — got his first offer last week when Austin Peay asked him to join the Governors in 2015.
“I was a little bit surprised,” Maduafokwa said. “I was very happy at that moment because I was not expecting that to happen at all.”
The 6-foot-3, 230-pound rising senior presents an imposing figure on the field. He set school records at TKA this fall with 1,035 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns. That came on just 146 attempts, giving him an average above seven yards per carry.
This season was also Maduafokwa’s first true year on the field after a wrist injury sidelined him during his sophomore campaign.
“In all respects, it was really his first season of varsity football,” said Lions coach Matt Lowe. "I think it shows a lot of his god-given natural ability. At the same time, he’s a man who really wants to be good at football. The questions never stop. ‘Teach me more about the game, the history.’ He’s really taking it all in.”
Maduafokwa has set his sights on playing college football somewhere, calling the opportunity to hit the field for a Division I school a “dream.” Austin Peay is the only school he's currently talking to. The Governors were 0-12 last year as members of the Ohio Valley Conference, part of Division I's Football Championship Subdivision.
Maduafokwa said he learned a lot in Lowe’s first season at the Seymour school, particularly when it comes to schemes and the technical side of the game. Lowe said it’s important to remember Maduafokwa did not grow up playing the game like many of his peers, so he’s still learning some things.
That makes the potential sky-high for the tailback, who is just 16 years old and won’t turn 17 until shortly before the start of next season.
“What his upside is, is what is he going to look like between the ages of 18 and 22? His football knowledge will continue to go up and up,” Lowe said. “You’re talking about a young man with a tremendous upside and tremendous work ethic. He’s a young man who certainly has his goals set high to play college football.”