Not Enough Action For Talented Prospect

This defensive prospect from the Sunshine State discusses his senior season and his interest in Auburn and other colleges.::

Pompano Beach, Fla.--Talented defensive back prospect Walter McFadden, who is a standout as a cornerback and kick return man for Ely High, says he was able to have a solid senior season despite not seeing nearly as much action on defense as he would have liked.

"I had seven (pass) break-ups, three interceptions, three kick returns and one punt return for touchdowns," McFadden explains. "There wasn't too much to my side, but I probably had about 60 tackles. I don't think this was one of my best years because I really wasn't tried this year. They didn't really throw to my side.

"There were times I would see the quarterback throwing it the other way so I ran over there trying to help out and trying to make a play because nobody was throwing it my way--wherever the ball went, I went," he adds about opposing teams not testing his side of the field.

The 6-0, 167-pound defender also notes that his team was able to make a nice run into the Florida State playoffs before being knocked out. "We lost in the fourth round, the state semi-finals, to Orlando Edgewater," he explains. "We only lost two games."

On the recruiting front, McFadden says that he is still trying to find something to separate Auburn, Michigan State and Florida, which have been the final three teams in the running for his signature on national signing day for a while.

"Everything has been going well," the cornerback prospect notes. "The recruiting process has been going great. My coach has been helping me out and talking to me as usual--still trying to get that edge right now because all of the schools right now seem so perfect like I fit right there and I fit here, but I am trying to find out what is really inside."

Walter McFadden

After already taking his official visits to both Michigan State and Auburn back in November, McFadden says that he is planning on taking his final three visits in January. "I am going to start taking visits again either next week or the week after that," he explains. "I don't know the other two yet, but I know I have set up the Florida visit for January 28th."

The senior, who notes that he is planning to make his final decision shortly after his official visit to Gainesville, says that he is really searching for that certain something about one college to help him make his decision. "All three schools, I like them all because they all have a good business program and all of them are a family team," he says. "I am just looking for that edge, which school is going to give me that edge so I can pick them."

As for the Tigers, McFadden notes that he has really enjoyed his relationship Auburn's running backs coach Eddie Gran, who is his recruiting coach. "He is a cool guy," the defender notes. "He is real with me. If I am not liking what I'm seeing, I can tell him and he can tell me why it is going like that and what is going on and how they are trying to fix it. He also never traps me into trying to commit or anything like that."

With football season now over, the speedy cornerback says that he is going to spend the winter and spring participating in another sport at Ely High. "I am running track," he notes. "We are already practicing and the season starts at the end of January. I am running the 100, the 200 and the 4x100 relay. My fastest time is a 10.62 in the 100."

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