Dorman OL Jordan McFadden has been a Virginia Tech commitment but Clemson has made inroads in trying to turn him. That tide was stemmed a little bit this past weekend when McFadden made his official visit. He’s been to Blacksburg several times so there wasn’t much new for the Hokies to show him. McFadden said this visit was important from the standpoint of further developing relationships with the coaches and players. And he got a clear message from head coach Justin Fuente.
“They really want me and I have a huge opportunity to come in and play early if I’m ready, and I just have a family down there and I could be a special player and do well athletically and academically.”
The strength of McFadden’s commitment had slipped in recent months as he made visits to Clemson and examined his opportunity there. Plus, as he has said, Clemson was his favorite growing up. But the visit to Blacksburg reversed the trend.
“I’d say it made it (commitment strength) stronger,” McFadden said. “Just getting to know the players and getting to ask them questions about not only football but the campus and the people there and stuff academically, it was more that I got to know than I knew before. It’s just good to get to hear some stuff. It made me feel a lot better about them, just to understand what’s going on there and how it could benefit me in the future.”
McFadden said he might go back to Virginia Tech for one more game. Clemson also will get another chance. McFadden said Clemson wants him to take his official visit for The Citadel weekend but that falls on his and his mom’s birthdays, so he’s going to try to take his official for the Florida State weekend. And soon after that visit he will make his final decision.