Earlier this summer, Jordan Addison received his first scholarship offer from the University of Maryland.
Addison, a rising junior at Tuscarora High School in Frederick County, is among a growing list of local student-athletes that have participated in the 480 Club, the brainchild of Watkins Mill High School graduate Joseph Hooks.
The 480 Club, established four years ago, offers training for student-athletes and the 480 Club Elite, which has been in existence for the past two years, features Montgomery County’s top players crisscrossing the country to compete in seven-on-seven tournaments.
“I’m the only Montgomery County team ranked top 15 in the country,” Hooks admitted.
A Montgomery Village native, Hooks has made it his personal mission to give back to the community that has produced some of the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia’s top talent over the years.
Deandre Jules, a three-star defensive end at Northwest, verbally committed to Pitt in June. The rising senior is also a product of the 480 Club.
“He had a great visit,” said Hooks. “It’s close enough where his mom can come see him play.”
Jules, who also entertained offers from Maryland, North Carolina, Rutgers and Temple among others, is headed to a Pitt program that’s on the rise.
“I can’t thank my family and coaches enough for helping me through this tough process, caring for me, mentoring me, and getting me where I am today,” said Jules, who became Pitt’s seventh commit in the 2019 recruiting class.
“I’ve coached him since eighth grade so we all saw this coming,” said Hooks. “I’m pretty excited for his senior season to kind of get the respect that he deserves.”
The 6-foot-3, 250-pound defensive end missed a good portion of his junior campaign because of injury but begins the 2018 season with a clean bill of health.
Bullis quarterback Jackson Greenleaf is another college prospect that should raise some eyebrows in the near future. As a sophomore last season, Greenleaf guided Bullis to a 42-41 overtime victory at Quince Orchard’s Cougar Dome.
“He did come into the Quince Orchard game and lead them to that victory so I expect a lot of big things from him,” said Hooks.
Eddie Dumas (Sherwood), Demetrius Rush (Watkins Mill), Gabe Moore (Churchill), Ebrahim Cham (Einstein), Emari Davis (Wheaton), Jalen McNair (Good Counsel), CJ Lee (Northwest) and Don Coleman (Seneca Valley) are also members of the prestigious 480 Club.
Meanwhile, Addison, who played youth football for the Montgomery Village Sports Association, has drawn comparisons to Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs, another MVSA product.
Addison is likely to follow in the footsteps of Diggs and attend the University of Maryland.
“He’s their top 2020 wide receiver recruit,” said Hooks. “He’ll be a four-star FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) scholarship player.”
Addison’s highlight reel is absolutely off the charts; the Division 1 prospect is a multi-faceted performer on the gridiron. Although he’s listed as a wide receiver and free safety, he can also return kicks.
Addison doesn’t talk much but prefers to let his performance on the football field speak for itself.
“He’s got to be the best overall football player I’ve ever coached,” said Hooks. “He’s like a silent assassin.”
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