McFadden, a 6-3, 190-pounder, is rated the sixth-best player at his position in the latest 2015 rankings. The Miramar High (Fla.) product, who never actually played under newly-named WVU assistant Damon Cogdell at the prep level, has offers from the Who's Who of college football, including Alabama, Florida, Florida State, LSU and Texas A&M, among others. There's little doubt Cogdell – the former head coach at Miramar – being named to the Mountaineer staff had an immediate impact on McFadden, however, as the junior was reported in the Miami Herald to have Miami and Florida State as leaders as recently as two days ago.
McFadden, who transferred from Hollywood-McArthur to Miramar in December, is rated the 39th-best player in the talent-rich Sunshine State and has been scouted as a "versatile safety that lines up everywhere on defense. He can roam centerfield or play in the box. You can walk him up like a linebacker or put him over the slot. There's so much this kid can do. He's big and long and has an enormous frame. There's no telling how big and jacked up McFadden can get in the next few years. He can run and hit and always seems like he's around the ball" according to Scout National Recruiting Analyst Jamie Newberg.
McFadden's commitment gives the Mountaineers five players in the 2015 class, three of which are four-star rated. It is the strongest start to a class in recent memory, and there's little doubt Cogdell's South Florida influence has already paid significant dividends. Another Cogdell prep player, wide receiver Khalil Lewis, committed to WVU just two days ago. Lewis is not yet rated. McFadden was heavily recruited by West Virginia running backs coach JaJuan Seider, who worked the Florida area with former assistant Erik Slaughter prior to the latter being dismissed.
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