IN THE HUDDLE WITH: Walter McFadden

Here is yet another up close look at one of Florida's premier defensive backs for the 2004 season. Walter McFadden of Pompano Beach Ely has been receiving letters all spring and summer for his outstanding performance.

Josh Giggey, who runs 561sports.com, a Palm Beach County-based website, has been following high school sports throughout Florida over the past five years.

His insight into the game is among the best around, and his ability to evaluate talent has become recognized by coaches and players alike. BR>
> Josh will be hosting this IN THE HUDDLE SEGMENT for FloridaKids.us throughout the summer and into the season, giving you a unique perspective of some of the top athletes in Florida. We hope that you will enjoy and make use of his perspective.

Name: Walter McFadden
Position: CB
School: Pompano Beach Ely
Height: 6-0
Weight: 155

STRENGTHS: Walter McFadden's strengths revolve around his combination of length and speed that he brings to the CB position. 6-0 tall corners with 4.35 speed don't just fall out of trees. Walter possesses something you just can't teach to a football player, and that is speed to make-up for whatever mistakes he makes. Walter is also a dynamite kickoff returner, taking two back for TD's in his career.

NEEDS TO WORK ON: Walter is very skinny and it will become a necessity that he adds weight in college or else he will be a major liability against the run. That added weight will also make Walter better in coverage as it will allow him to jam WR's at the line of scrimmage better. For as fast and athletic as Walter is, he also struggles somewhat in 1-on-1 coverage because his technique can use some work.

OVERALL: Walter McFadden is a player whose upside is as high as any CB in the state this year. However, he is going to make whoever his college coaches are, earn their paycheck. However, as is the case with many high risk prospects, the potential for the rewards at the end far outweigh the risks. That alone will land Walter some major D-1 offers


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