Roebuck (S.C.) Dorman offensive lineman Jordan McFadden formally flipped his commitment from Virginia Tech to Clemson on Saturday night.
McFadden spoke with The Clemson Insider shortly after announcing the news on social media.
“It was very tough,” McFadden said of his decision to flip. “Virginia Tech has been good to me. They’ve been awesome. It was a very hard decision, but Clemson is the best place for me.”
After pledging to the Hokies in July, McFadden received his dream offer from the Tigers in early August.
For a while, the in-state standout was torn between loyalty to Virginia Tech and the opportunity to play at Clemson, his childhood favorite school.
But McFadden said he has known for about two or three weeks that he wanted to be a Tiger.
“Growing up as a kid, all I wanted to do was go to Clemson and play at Clemson, and I couldn’t let that opportunity go,” McFadden said. “I’ve liked everything about Clemson since I was young. It’s just my dream place.”
Clemson’s coaches were thrilled when McFadden delivered the good news.
“I talked to them, and they were really excited about it,” McFadden said.
Although McFadden won’t be an early enrollee, he plans to sign with Clemson on Dec. 20, the first day of the early signing period. He can’t wait to make things official with his dream school.
“It’ll definitely be special,” McFadden said.
McFadden attended a pair of Clemson games in September as well as Virginia Tech’s game versus Clemson. He made his official visit to Clemson the weekend of The Citadel game last month after officially visiting Virginia Tech in late October.
McFadden injured his knee during the 5A state championship game last Saturday. He said he has not yet gotten the results of the MRI he had on Friday. The injury will cause him to miss the Shrine Bowl all-star game on Saturday, December 16, though he still hopes to be present for the game in Spartanburg, S.C.
McFadden becomes the first offensive line pledge and 12th overall commitment in Clemson’s historic 2018 class.