When Kendrell McFadden announced he was going to make an oral commitment to a college on Friday, his family members could not mask their emotions waiting for his arrival home from Miramar High on Wednesday.
“It was like, ‘Oh, you’re committing to UM, you’re committing to UM.’ And I just started laughing,” said McFadden, a Class of 2015 cornerback who just transferred from Hollywood McArthur. “I was like, ‘I don’t know what school I’m committing to yet. We’ll find out Friday.’ Even some of my family members don’t know.”
McFadden, rated a four-star recruit by several media outlets, is deciding between UM, Florida State, Louisville, Ohio State and Alabama on Friday at 7 p.m. via his Twitter account, or at the Miami Dolphins’ Miami Dade-Broward All-Star Game at Sun Life Stadium. His teammate Tyrek Cole, also a 2015 four-star cornerback, plans to choose from West Virginia, Miami, Florida, Florida State, Auburn and South Carolina on Thursday at 8 p.m. via his Twitter account.
Both McFadden and Cole have serious desires to attend UM. However, their decisions to announce coincidently come on the same day their coach, Damon Cogdell, decided to leave Miramar for a coaching position with his alma mater West Virginia -- which could impact Cole more than McFadden. The decision helped seal the deal for Miramar wide receiver Khalil Lewis, who committed to the Mountaineers on Wednesday afternoon.
“When I found out this morning, it did hurt,” McFadden said. “I always wanted to play for Coach Cogdell. I’ve seen him bring out the best out of some of the best -- Tracy Howard, Malcolm Lewis, Geno Smith -- the list goes on.
“And then I became proud. We all have to live our dreams someday. As players, we’re not the only ones with dreams. Coaches have dreams and want to go on and do bigger and better things.”
McFadden said even though West Virginia has been recruiting him since he was a freshman, he will decide between his top five schools. He did say, however, “everything is going to come down hard for West Virginia” during his senior season.
Whether or not his decision Friday is final, McFadden said he feels this is the best opportunity to commit to a school to secure an early spot in a recruiting class.
McFadden said his relationship with UM defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio dates back to his freshman year at McArthur when D’Onofrio came to see an ill McFadden at a school practice.
“I guess I put a little show on for him, because since then he’s been on me hard,” McFadden said.
McFadden also acknowledged a close relationship with FSU defensive backs coach Sal Sunseri during the same timeframe. “
Me and Coach Sal had a good connection,” McFadden said. “He’s a funny guy. He bonded with me and he let me know everything. He let me know my weaknesses and my strengths. He just broke everything down.
“It let me know coach actually cares about me.”
Upon returning to his living room after their first encounter, McFadden said it looked as if his family members were scared because they didn’t know what to say to him regarding his decision.
“They’re scared I might not pick UM,” McFadden said.
We’ll find out in some fashion on Friday.