2007 Intro: Darryl McFadden

It's nerve-racking to step in under center for a school that has boasted a division I-A quarterback for the six previous years – just ask Darryl McFadden, who in 2005 replaced Joe Cox, who replaced Chris Leak.

"It was pressure the first couple of games, because the offense wasn't putting up numbers like in the past," said McFadden. "But, once we started going I started to feel more relaxed."

Before Cox left for Georgia, he led Charlotte (N.C.) Independence to two straight NCHSAA 4A State Titles. In his junior season, Cox replaced four-year starter and current Florida Gator Leak, who quarterbacked three titles of his own and started the undefeated streak which has currently reached 92 games.

Last season McFadden continued the legacy with the assistance of North Carolina signee Hakeem Nicks.

"We had a good season, but we started off slow offensively," said McFadden. "It took us a couple of games to get it, but once we got going we started to gel – especially towards the end of the players. When you have good receivers like Hakeem [Nicks] and RaDon [Ingram] it makes it easier on you as a quarterback."

His accomplishments and junior season stats, plus experience in a college-like offense have gained McFadden recognition from recruiters.

"A lot of schools have been writing me so far – Virginia, Miami, Michigan State, Illinois, Duke, N.C. State, and ECU," said McFadden. "No offers yet, but ECU told me I need to come to the one-day camp before they offer."

In addition to East Carolina, McFadden will camp at N.C. State, North Carolina, and Wake Forest this summer.

Although open to everyone, a handful of schools have caught McFadden's attention.

"I like basically all the in-state schools, and I like Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Miami," said McFadden. "The in-state schools [I like] because they're in-state, obviously. Virginia Tech is a prestigious school and they had a good year [in 2005]. And then Miami had a good year, and I like [head coach] Larry Coker, too."

While leading Independence to a 15-0 record and its sixth consecutive NCHSAA 4A State Title, McFadden completed 230-of-464 passes (50%) for 3,877 yards and 33 touchdowns. For his accomplishments, he was named to the Charlotte Observer All-Area and all-conference teams.

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