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Gilman running back Brandon Madison commits to Navy

Gliman's Brandon Madison leaves Loyola defenders in his dust, sprinting down the field on a touchdown run during a game at Gilman on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016.
Gliman's Brandon Madison leaves Loyola defenders in his dust, sprinting down the field on a touchdown run during a game at Gilman on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. (Brian Krista / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Gilman running back Brandon Madison, The Baltimore Sun’s 2017 Offensive Player of the Year, committed to Navy on Thursday night.

Madison, who also had offers from Army West Point and programs from the Ivy League and Patriot League, announced his commitment on Twitter.

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The 5-foot-11, 200-pound player carried the ball 217 times for 1,265 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2017 to help lead the No. 8 Greyhounds to the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference final. He also caught 36 passes for 430 yards and a touchdown.

Madison, who moved from wide receiver to running back before his junior season, was selected for the Maryland Crab Bowl but did not play because he’s on the Gilman basketball team.

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“Probably the biggest improvement between his junior and senior year was that he became more of power runner,” Greyhounds coach Tim Holley said in December. “He learned how to run through and break tackles. He has great open-field speed, so when he broke into the open field there was no doubt in our mind that it was going to be a touchdown. He had runs against everybody in our league that were big-time runs. He’s a competitor. He’s a gamer.”

Madison will join Gilman teammate Brandon Willis in Navy’s Class of 2018. Willis, a two-star athlete, announced his commitment during the early signing period Dec. 20.

You can watch Madison’s highlights here.

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