Born less than an hour and a half away from Clemson, Jordan McFadden grew up a fan of the Tigers.
This week, the offensive tackle prospect from Dorman High School in Roebuck, S.C., got big news from his childhood favorite school when Clemson extended a scholarship offer.
“I was excited about it,” McFadden told The Clemson Insider. “Coach (Jeff) Scott called me.”
What was the message from Scott?
“They are having a couple of OL go to the draft,” McFadden said, “and they are taking more OL in my class.”
McFadden (6-5, 280) competed at the Dabo Swinney Camp last summer and also visited Clemson for its victories against Syracuse and South Carolina last season.
Clemson sees potential in the local product, with the Tigers expressing that he could make an impact for them at the next level.
“They are telling me that I could be a great left tackle for them because I move so well,” McFadden said.
Complicating the situation is the fact that McFadden is committed to Virginia Tech. He pledged to the Hokies in early July over finalists Duke, Rutgers and Michigan State.
Had Clemson offered earlier in his recruiting process, odds are McFadden would be a member of the Tigers’ 2018 class. Now, he has a lot to think about following the late offer.
“For now I am solid,” McFadden said of his commitment.
McFadden intends to mull over his latest offer and college choices, and he has plenty of time to do so as signing day is still a ways away.
McFadden most recently visited Virginia Tech last month and plans to return to Blacksburg for games in the fall. He is thinking about visiting Clemson again this season, as well.
As a junior, McFadden posted 20 pancakes during the regular season.
Clemson has signed several prospects from Dorman during Dabo Swinney’s tenure, including a couple of offensive linemen (Patrick DeStefano, 2012; Brandon Thomas, 2009).