Clemson filled a major need for its recruiting class Saturday night when Dorman OL Jordan McFadden (6-4 285) announced he will be joining the Tigers. McFadden, who had been committed to Virginia Tech since July 4th, made his flip to the Tigers official after several weeks of strong speculation he would do just that.
Clemson had to make up ground on the competition for McFadden because it offered later than others. But the Tigers had the advantages of McFadden growing up as a fan and the proximity to his home.
“It feels really good, I’m really happy, just to finally make up my mind that this is where I’m going,” McFadden said. “It was pretty hard (to tell the Hokies) but I think they understand.”
McFadden gives Clemson a dozen commitments for the 2018 class and the first for the offensive line. The Tigers lose starting starting guards Tyrone Crowder and Taylor Hearn, center Justin Falcinelli and backup guard Maverick Morris after this season, and it’s possible starting left tackle Mitch Hyatt leaves a yearly early for the NFL.
“Just the opportunity to play early,” he said about a major reason for switching. “They were doing everything to try to convince me to come and join them, recruiting me real hard and showing a lot of love. I just think it was the place I want to be.”
Given the chance to play early, McFadden said he feels he can handle his own with the Tigers because of his set of his skills.
“I think I can come in and work hard and get better each and every day,” McFadden said. “Whenever my number is called I think I’ll be ready to play. I’ll bring some athleticism to the table. I think I do well in space and move my feet well.”
McFadden was chosen for the Shrine Bowl but will not be able to play due to a knee injury suffered in the 5A state championship game. He will sign December 20th but won’t enroll until the summer.