Clemson and Virginia Tech meet on the field Saturday night in Blacksburg in a key mid-season ACC battle. Behind the scenes the Tigers and Hokies are locked in a tight recruiting battle for OL Jordan McFadden of Dorman. He’s been a Tech commitment since the summer but as a long time Clemson fan, and after two visits there in three weeks, things are far from settled for him.
McFadden made an unofficial visit to Clemson for the Auburn game. Last Saturday he was back for the Boston College game and he brought his mother with him. It was an important visit for the two of them.
“I wanted to get my mom down there so she could see some stuff and so they could talk to her,” McFadden said. They met with Dabo Swinney and assistants Jeff Scott and Robbie Caldwell. “He (Swinney) was telling me I could help them in the future because they are losing Mitch Hyatt next year to the NFL and I have the potential to be a really good player and come in and help them in the next couple of years.”
McFadden said his offensive line coach at Dorman and Caldwell are friends and he’s known him for awhile.
“Their offensive line has been playing pretty well and I think I like what I see,” he said. “I just think he does a good job with them.”
This Saturday McFadden is going to Virginia Tech unofficially with his mother and sister and he’ll see if that visit gives him some clarity or just adds to his confusion.
“I still like Virginia Tech a lot,” McFadden said. “Clemson, it was my childhood dream to go there and play football and go to school. Them being a childhood dream is kind of weighing in on me a little bit. I’ve been thinking about (decommitting) but not too much, I’m taking it day by day. Virginia Tech has been nothing but great to me. They’ve stuck with me from the beginning. It would be kind of hard to turn my back on them but if Clemson is what’s best for me, I have to do that. I don’t know yet.”
McFadden has not scheduled any official visits at this point but he plans to take them to Clemson and Virginia Tech.