Fayette County's Madison has the 'it' factor
Thu. September 20, 2012 at 12:00 a.m. | By Brett Hudson
Fayette County’s Jatevin Madison (3) is an all-around threat in the Tigers’ offense. (Photo by Tommy Williams)
For Fayette County coach Lance Tucker, Jatevin Madison is getting closer to "too good to be true" every day.
The all-around threat Madison brings to the Tigers’ offense reminds many of former LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu, but without the distraction of off-the-field problems.
"He’s a straight-A student and a super ‘yes sir, no sir’ kid," Tucker said. "You don’t ask for much better."
Tucker cannot ask for much more from Madison on the field, either.
Madison has hauled in 17 passes for the Tigers for 267 yards and three touchdowns.
Averaging 15.7 yards per catch, Madison is the clear focal point of an offense that has yet to score fewer than 30 points in a game.
"Everything we do runs through him," Tucker said. "That doesn’t mean he gets it every time, but everything we do goes through him."
Tucker has endless confidence in Madison’s ability to handle the pressure of getting so many touches, and the punishment from defenses that comes with it.
"Not a kid like him, because he’s as tough as it gets," Tucker said.
Toughness is just one of Madison’s many physical tools.
"He’s quick and fast enough to get on somebody to block them, and he runs great routes," Tucker said.
Madison has also had success as a kick returner, just like Mathieu. Madison has returned one kick for a touchdown this season.
"First of all, I think he understands when and how to do things," Tucker said. "Second of all, he’s got God-given ability that he knows how to get guys off of him and make people miss.
"Coaches talk about having the ‘it’ factor. He has that ‘it’ factor that only God gives you."
Tucker also applauded Madison’s hold over the finer details of the sport that have nothing to do with speed or other measurables.
"He’s as smart of a player as any we’ve ever had at Fayette," said Tucker, a former player at Fayette County himself. "He’s a once-in-a-lifetime player. He can play with the ball or without the ball."
Versatile players like Madison often find themselves in yet another position: on their way to the collegiate level.
"He had a great, unbelievable 10th-grade year," Tucker said. "He’s just a junior. He doesn’t have any offers yet because we haven’t pursued that yet. But I think if he stays healthy I think he’ll have a lot of interest for next year."