Top Cornerback Likes Three

One of Florida's top defensive backs talks recruiting and what he likes about his three favorites.

Pompano Beach, Fla.—-One of the top cornerback prospects in Florida says that Auburn, Florida and Michigan State are neck-and-neck right now and he right now plans to choose between those three schools following his football season.

Speedy 6-0, 175 Walter McFadden from Ely High is a dangerous player and one of the top cover men in the Sunshine State this year. With offers from schools all over, he says that the Tigers, Gators and Spartans are the schools he's most interested in heading into the month of December and he will also visit Indiana early in December.

"Right now it's kind of going back and forth with a couple of schools right now," McFadden tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "Auburn is still in the top three with Michigan State and Florida.

"Auburn was just cool when I went up there on a visit," he adds about his official visit back on Oct. 15. "I'm real close to the coaches and they have a real good coaching staff. I like what's going on with their football team. They've worked everything out and are playing well."

Walter McFadden

A new team on the map for McFadden is Michigan State. Familiar with Coach John L. Smith because of his high school coach, McFadden says that the Spartans have gained ground and he's really interested in learning more about them in the coming weeks.

"It's like home," McFadden says of visiting Michigan State two weekends ago. "They do everything like we do. I play receiver too and they run basically the same thing we run now. At corner I love man and they play nothing but man. I'm just getting very close to their coaches right now."

With Florida the situation isn't as cut and dried as it is with Auburn and Michigan State because of the unstable coaching situation in Gainesville. McFadden says that obviously will have an impact on his decision when it's made.

"I don't know what the coaches are going to be like next year," McFadden says. "I have been talking to Bill Miller and he's been telling me it's going to be great, but you never know what's going to happen. I'm still in with them right now."

Currently Ely is 10-2 and will play a third round game this weekend against Palm Beach Lakes Friday night. McFadden has two interceptions on the year and two kickoff returns for touchdowns. He also has played some wide receiver this year, but most of his action comes at cornerback. Unfortunately teams recognize his ability and don't allow him to make an impact on the games very often.

"I have dropped four interceptions this year," McFadden says. "Most of the time they don't throw the ball my way though. I'm becoming the hitting corner now. I have 56 tackles this year and I'm playing the run well."

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