The Virginia Tech Hokies lost a member of the 2018 recruiting class on Saturday as three-star offensive Jordan McFadden de-committed and chose Clemson. This was expected by the Virginia Tech coaching staff as the Hokies have been working to get other offensive tackles into the 2018 class.
McFadden, from Dorman High in Roebuck, South Carolina, chose the Hokies over Duke on July 4. However, things appeared to change on August 1 when Clemson offered McFadden. The Tigers slow-played McFadden throughout most of the fall or this likely would’ve happened sooner.
McFadden is a solid prospect, but Walker Culver, a 6’6”, 273-pound offensive tackle from Chattanooga, Tennessee, is a player this staff covets. A former Colorado commit, Culver will be deciding soon between the Hokies and Ohio State. And before folks worry too much about the Buckeyes, the Hokies are in terrific shape with Culver.
Losing a recruit can be tough, but Tech fans shouldn’t sweat too much on this one. Once Clemson offered, McFadden was never coming to Blacksburg. To the kid’s credit, he was legitimately torn. He felt a loyalty to Virginia Tech, yet Clemson was his dream school. Can’t fault him for choosing to go where his heart is.
Best of luck to Jordan McFadden. Now, it’s time to focus on finishing the class of 2018 on a strong note with several notable Virginia Tech targets still on the board.