A local lineman committed elsewhere returned to Clemson on Saturday for the Auburn game.
Roebuck (S.C.) Dorman offensive tackle Jordan McFadden, who committed to Virginia Tech in July, has been to Clemson several occasions. But this visit marked his first since receiving an offer from the Tigers last month.
“It was great,” McFadden said. “I had a good time.”
McFadden (6-5, 280) competed at the Dabo Swinney Camp last summer and attended multiple Clemson games last season, including the Tigers’ rivalry rout of South Carolina in November.
Saturday’s visit afforded him the opportunity to tour Clemson’s completed football operations facility for the first time.
“It is crazy nice,” McFadden said.
McFadden spent time with Clemson offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell and head coach Dabo Swinney before the game.
Virginia Tech’s staff has made him one of its top targets this cycle, and the Tigers let him know he is a priority to them as well while explaining why they waited to offer.
“I talked to coach Caldwell a lot and I talked to coach Swinney,” he said. “They told me how much they need me and why it took them so long to offer me. … Basically that I was a good player all along, but I really matured last year and throughout the spring and started dominating.”
McFadden said he plans to visit Clemson again this season as well as Virginia Tech, and the Tigers’ game against the Hokies in Blacksburg on Sept. 30 figures to be a game he is circling on the calendar.
McFadden grew up a Clemson fan living less than an hour and a half away from the school. He reiterated that he remains committed to Virginia Tech, but he certainly has a lot to think about after the latest developments in his recruitment.
“I am still committed to Virginia Tech,” he said, “but I like Clemson.”
Before landing the coveted offer from Clemson in early August, McFadden pledged to the Hokies on July 4 over finalists Duke, Rutgers and Michigan State.
Along with the aforementioned schools, he carries offers from Appalachian State, Charlotte, East Carolina, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Mississippi State, North Carolina, N.C. State, Syracuse, Virginia and Wake Forest.