Tour of Champions: Virginia Tech commit torn between Hokies, Tigers

Tour of Champions: Virginia Tech commit torn between Hokies, Tigers

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Tour of Champions: Virginia Tech commit torn between Hokies, Tigers

Clemson has given Virginia Tech commit Jordan McFadden a lot to think about of late.

Just a month after he pledged to the Hokies on July 4, the Roebuck (S.C.) Dorman offensive lineman received a coveted offer from Clemson in early August.

The Clemson Insider made a visit to Dorman on Friday as part of our Tour of Champions and caught up with McFadden following his team’s 42-35 win over Gaffney.

McFadden (6-5, 280) said he remains committed to Virginia Tech, but admitted he is torn between the Tigers and Hokies.

“I’d say I’m still committed to Virginia Tech, but being that Clemson was my favorite school, my dream school as a kid, it’d just be hard for me to turn my back on them,” McFadden said. “But Virginia Tech has been with me the whole way. They’ve shown me love, they’ve treated my family with love and respect, so I’m just kind of in the middle right now. Still sorting things out.”

After adding the offer from the Tigers, McFadden visited Clemson a couple of times in September for the Auburn and Boston College games.

Asked what stands out to him the most about Clemson, McFadden cited the coaching staff.

“They talk to me, they show me so much love, and it’s just fun there,” he said.

McFadden was accompanied by his mother on the Boston College game visit, and according to him, she enjoyed the experience.

“She had a good time,” he said. “She was very impressed by the coaches and the facilities, so it was nice.”

A week later, McFadden and his mom made the trip to Blacksburg, Va., for Virginia Tech’s game versus Clemson.

“It was fun,” he said. “It was a good environment. It was a great place to be that night.”

What did McFadden hear from the Hokies while on campus?

“They were just happy that I was able to make it down, happy that I got to spend some time with the coaches and the committed players,” he said.

Like Virginia Tech, Clemson is making McFadden feel like a priority.

“They’re just telling me how much they need me, how much I could come in and make an impact and just be the future there,” he said.

Clemson is recruiting him as a potential replacement at left tackle for Mitch Hyatt, who is expected to declare early for the NFL draft after this season.

“They think I can play good at left tackle since I’ve been playing that for most of my life,” McFadden said. “So they think that I could benefit them there.”

So, when does McFadden want to make a final decision and shut down his recruitment for good?

“I have not 100-percent made a timetable,” he said, “but I’m aiming for the next couple weeks.”

McFadden said he plans to see another game at Virginia Tech this season, while he could visit Clemson again as well. He has yet to set up his official dates to either school.

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