Decision Looms for Jordan McFadden

Virginia Tech looks to close out on one of its top 2018 offensive line targets.

Jordan McFadden is nearing a decision. The 6'4", 280 pound, long-armed, offensive lineman who can dunk says he's likely to commit within the next couple of weeks.

"I know Georgia Tech has made a tremendous pitch, I don't see him going there, but you never know," said Dorman HS head coach David Gutshall. "I think it's really down to Virginia Tech and Duke."

McFadden recently announced a top group of Virginia Tech, Duke, Rutgers, and Michigan State. The former two programs have an edge for his services due to proximity, and while McFadden admits the Hokies are recruiting him the hardest, Gutshall notes the Blue Devils have been no slouch down the stretch. Though Tech is well positioned.

"Their academics are pretty good," said McFadden. "It's some good ACC football, and they're a winning program."

In any event, it's no surprise why McFadden's attracted suitors from around the country, big men who can move are at a premium.

"He's got the athletic skills to be an edge player," said Gutshall. "He really moves his feet well, and I think that's because of his basketball (background). That's what makes him so valuable. For a big body, he can really move his body and pick up guys coming off the edge."

McFadden suited up for the Cavaliers' JV squad as a freshman. He has been starter for the varsity — which competes against the top competition in the Palmetto State (5A) — since his sophomore campaign. Gutshall can't remember a time when McFadden's missed a snap due to injury, a credit to his pupil's durability, and his presence on the field isn't taken for granted.

"A lot of things we do (on offense) is because of him," said Gutshall. "If we got a choice between pulling the guard or tackle, we'll always pull the tackle because of him. Because he's so good in space."

"We pull him on screens, we like to get him out there," the 45-year coaching veteran added. "Most linemen, when they get out there, they can't hit them little guys anyhow, Jordan can."

That sets up an opportunity for McFadden's favorite.

"I enjoy pancaking people," he said.

Justin Fuente thought enough of the 3-star prospect to lead McFadden and his mom on a 30-minute university tour during a June 10 visit to Blacksburg. James Shibest hits him up every other day, and Vance Vice recently reiterated the early impact he could have at Tech on the field.

Though Gutshall also raves about the person off of it.

"Everybody loves him," said Gutshall. "Every teacher loves him. He's never in trouble. He's quiet. He's not one of those guys that you hear, but he's always doing his job. He never skips a rep in the weight room. I don't know of anybody that doesn't love Jordan. Just a fine young man."

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All this great content in two days. Glad I could help support this by being a member of the Key Players Club. Joe and crew great work over the summer.

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I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction:
“I served in the United States Navy"

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If HF didn't have like 16 kids, he would totally be lead recruiter for the Charleston area Hokie Club. Unfortunately, he just has time to do it digitally here for TKPC.

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Which begs the question, are all of the kids in the TKPC and HC?

Just saying HF, you get each one of the kids a TKPC account and BOOM, we're at 500.

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- The BoD

Big boy that can move like that is only a 3 star recruiticorn?! Does not seem correct unless there is something off with his mechanics which I am sure French will let us know about.

I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction:
“I served in the United States Navy"

KCCO

3* at OL is a great get. Those guys don't get the kind of in depth analysis the others do. If you can get a few 3* per class, you'll be in a good spot going forward.

This is a kid we have to get. Sounds like we might do that, and if so it'll go a very long way into helping our offense reach it's potential down the line.

Don't let this comment take away from the fact that Arkansas blew a 24 point 2nd half lead in the Belk Bowl.
Don't let the Belk Bowl take away from the fact that Matt Ryan blew a 25 point 2nd half lead in the Super Bowl.

there are maybe 20 HS OL's in the country that truly warrant more than a 3 star rating. Almost all of them need development.

The 6'4", 280 pound, long-armed, offensive lineman who can dunk

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Attitude, aptitude, and ability ... what more can you reasonably ask for? Seems like a great person that will do well where ever he chooses. Here's to hoping he ends up a Hokie.

Don't forget character. Never forget character. Sounds like he is a man of character. We need a real character on the line. Anybody know his opinion on Mohawks, mullets, mallets, or Taco Bell? Or even beards? That pancake bit makes him feel like OKG, but I need more hot takes.

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

He likes beards.

Everyone likes beards until they say they don't.

21st century QBs Undefeated vs UVA:
MV7, MV5, LT3, Jerod Evans, Michael Brewer, Tyrod Taylor, Sean Glennon, and Grant Noel. That's right, UVA. You couldn't beat Grant Noel.

And when they do, they become wrong.

Big man who is thoughtful, polite, can move like the dickens and likes to make pancakes. I really want him for the team.

Yes, please.

Jordan is a "fine young man" that will fit in well with the Hokies program.

Love his ability to pancake, take multiple people out of the play, and understand zone blocking schemes.

Let's get this guy!

Need OL big time. I hope he commits.

If you a see a coach who says he doesn't need OL commits, you see a liar.

Ya, but we REALLY needs him.

Since we lost Gonzalez, McFadden feels like a must get. If we miss on McFadden too looks like slim pickens.

If we could land McFadden with Harris and somehow pull off Walker I would be happy with those 3 (with Darrisaw possibly prepping). If we miss on Walker think we need a couple more, but not sure where those are coming from.

Don't sleep on Slim Pickens... I hear he is really under rated.

He's the bomb.

You're the only ones that I can talk to about this, you guys.

Dr Strangelove will always get a leg from me, nicely done

21st century QBs Undefeated vs UVA:
MV7, MV5, LT3, Jerod Evans, Michael Brewer, Tyrod Taylor, Sean Glennon, and Grant Noel. That's right, UVA. You couldn't beat Grant Noel.

Today is his birthday. I only know this because it is mine as well.

All the cool kids have birthdays today.

Seems like (all things considered) if we were able to land McFadden and Rafferty, that would be a big step forward in our OL recruiting. I know Rafferty has had a pretty up&down year - some tough outings at camps and whatnot - but in these two guys we could be talking about the bookends of our offensive line in the next couple years.

Love everything I'm hearing in this article. Let's get him in here.

You're the only ones that I can talk to about this, you guys.