The cornerback from Ely High, who said he "loved" his official visit to Auburn last fall when he watched the Tigers defeat Arkansas, may take one final visit this weekend to the University of Illinois to visit Coach Ron Zook, who was recruiting the 6-0, 175-pounder for the Florida Gators before being fired there during the 2004 season.
Auburn could be the team to beat for McFadden, who says he is interesting in competing for a vacant starting spot at cornerback with 2004 senior All-American Carlos Rogers headed to the NFL. "I really like Auburn," he says. "Auburn has been one of my favorites all along. I really like their team, the coaches and the players there."
McFadden says the gameday atmosphere in Auburn also impressed him along with the people he met on his weekend on the AU campus.
With sub 4.5 speed in the 40 and excellent coverage skills, McFadden is one of the fastest and quickest prospects the Tigers are recruiting. In 2004 he was credited with 56 tackles, seven pass break-ups and three interceptions despite most opponents attacking the other side of the field when they passed the football.
McFadden used his speed as a return man, too, with three kickoffs for scores and one punt for a touchdown.