McPhadden also participated in the annual Florida/California Bowl. He made a few friends there and had a good time. "I hung out with Amp Hill alot. We lost to California, but we still had a good time. I think the score was 26-15."
Although the Gator Bowl was right in his own backyard of Jacksonville, Aubrey was unable to see the Wolfpack team at practice or at the game. "I was not able to go see them that week. I saw the highlights on ESPN. It looked like a good game."
While NC State looks to be in decent shape for the talented big man, it might be a case of not counting the chickens till they hatch. Auburn, Maryland and Florida State will all put a big push in landing McPhadden. NC State may hold an advantage for now, but with the other visits still pending, it may just come down to last impressions. "I will decide in January after I finish my visits. It's really close now."
McPhadden's size at 6'6 320 pounds has certainly drawn the recruiters with offers but Aubrey's foot speed is a tremoundous bonus. He was clocked at a 5.47 at Nike last summer, but since he has registered a 5.3 which is amazing for a man of his size.