After giving his verbal pledge to the Mountaineers in January, the four-star safety re-opened his recruitment on Monday to pursue other potential avenues as national signing day nears.
“The decision for me to open up my recruitment was because I’m looking for a better opportunity,” McFadden explained. “I feel like West Virginia is a great opportunity for me I’m just double checking to make sure I’m not messing up on any opportunities.”
The 6-foot-2, 189-pound, McFadden has an idea on what he’s looking for in searching for the best fit for him moving forward.
“A better opportunity is for me to go inside a program is I can actually enjoy hanging out with the coaches,” McFadden described. “A great opportunity comes down to the chances and when do I play early. It comes down to which school or program gives me the opportunity to welcome me into their family.”
As to which schools could potentially enter the mix or receive an official visit, McFadden was tight lipped about his suitors.
“My recruiting board is doing some adjusting right now so I don’t want to give any names,” McFadden said. “I’m going to visit some other schools. I’m going to start down south and work my way up north.”
Before making his decision to re-open recruitment McFadden had the opportunity to speak with the Mountaineer coaching staff, to which he received positive feedback.
“Yes, I talked with Coach [Damon] Cogdell and we talked about it and they’re fine with it,” McFadden said. “They understand that I’m looking for a better opportunity and there’s nothing wrong with it.”
Moving forward, though, McFadden insists the Mountaineers aren’t out of the running.
“I’ll be taking an official visit to West Virginia. “West Virginia is like a family. They will always be a family to me.”