For many high school athletes, the goal is to land a scholarship offer from a major Division I program. That wasn’t the case for Clemson long snapper Jack Maddox but he is sure glad it worked out the way it did. 

The redshirt junior from Acton, Mass. was introduced to the Clemson family while visiting his uncle who is a professor on campus, which led to attending Coach Swinney’s summer camp. 

“I just had the fluke talent of long snapping and that caught their eye,” Maddox said.” As I came back for two years, they gave me an opportunity to be a preferred walk-on. So it’s a cool story and I’m glad I came to camp,” he said.

Maddox, who played in nine games last season and appeared in 11 career games, was offered a scholarship and the starting job this season at the end of fall camp but admitted that was never the objective for him.

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