McFadden confident with decision, future

TE prospect ready to impress in Madison

Jae McFadden does not know who his position coach will be at the University of Wisconsin. He is far from concerned.

"I'm sure that when he's able to see what I can do he'll be happy with me," said McFadden, who attended Dwyer High School in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. "I've got no fear. I've got confidence. I'm alright."

The Badgers' tight ends coach the past two seasons and recruiting coordinator last season, Rob Ianello, took a job as receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at Notre Dame last week, leaving an opening in Wisconsin's coaching staff. That is of little concern to McFadden, though, who committed to Wisconsin Dec. 10 and expects to play tight end for the Badgers.

"He's a good guy and everything," McFadden said of Ianello, "but I think as long as the head coach is there, [Barry] Alvarez, while he's there, I'll be alright. He's going to be there for a while because he's the athletic director."

Alvarez and UW defensive coordinator Bret Bielema recently paid McFadden an in-home visit, soon after visiting with linebacker commit Elijah Hodge.

"Coach Alvarez and Coach Bielema…they both came to my house last Wednesday," McFadden said.

Bielema has been McFadden's recruiting contact since the process began. Some of his suitors, including Kansas State and Georgia Tech, recruited the 6-foot-2, 215-pound prospect as an outside linebacker but Wisconsin sees McFadden's future on offense.

"[Tight end] is probably my best position," McFadden said. "I can play defense too. I had a lot of schools that wanted me for defense too but I prefer tight end but it doesn't matter to me."

Once he earns playing time, McFadden expects to have an opportunity to stretch the field. He understands, however, that Wisconsin's is not a pass-first offensive scheme.

"[Alvarez] told me….that they run first," McFadden said. "They want to run the ball and move chains and run the clock out. So they control the game but when it's time to pass, they are going to pass, and they're looking for an athletic tight end. He said they're definitely going to use me."

With veteran tight ends such as senior-to-be Owen Daniels on the Wisconsin roster, however, McFadden does not expect to play right away.

"Whether it's at tight end this year—I'm not going to get the tight end this year, he's pretty good," McFadden said.

"I'll probably do the same thing I did in high school in college," McFadden said. "Just get bigger and faster, help the team out."

McFadden considered playing basketball this winter but decided to focus on the recruiting process.

In his senior year on the gridiron, McFadden caught 25 passes for 354 yards and five touchdowns in seven games.

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