Class of 2015 lock down cornerback Tarvarus McFadden from American Heritage in Plantation, FL possesses the size and speed to flourish at the next level. During the 7on7 circuit this spring, McFadden balled out for South Florida Express Elite squad.
CLA witnessed McFadden's talent first hand at the IMG 7v7 National Championships in Bradenton. The standout defensive back has already reeled in several scholarship offers with many more certainly to come.
Tarvarus currently holds scholarship offers from the likes of Florida State, LSU, Clemson, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia.
Tarvarus McFadden: 7ON7 Highlights
CLA had the chance to catch up with McFadden as he prepares for the upcoming high school football season. The American Heritage Patriots are coached by former NFL defensive back and Miami Hurricanes standout Mike Rumph. The knowledge gleaned from Rumph's experience and tutelage should accelerate McFadden's development.
"We just got in full pads last week. We went 9-2 including the playoffs but lost in the first round," McFadden told CLA Sports.
The Patriots will have to navigate a daunting schedule this season.
"More tough than last year. We play Miami Central first game, then we play Heritage Delray, Columbus, Chaminade and Miami-Jackson," said McFadden.
The Patriots employ McFadden's talents primarily on the defensive side of the ball.
"I just play corner. I play receiver from time to time," McFadden said.
When it comes to the recruiting process and taking visits, Tarvarus plans to take his time.
"Maybe after the season's over, sometime when we have a break. I wouldn't say one school is above another. I officially got offered by Florida State. Notre Dame, that's a good school. I like their coaches, they have their own type of atmosphere there. I had a teammate commit Michael Deeb. He tells us about them from time to time. I like USC. They're known for their big defensive backs. I'd consider Oregon but they don't really have big DBs, they're known for their speed," said McFadden.
Wherever McFadden eventually lands, his decision will hinge on several factors.
"Academics, my opportunity to play. When I get to college, I'm trotting to play early. The coaches and the way they play. If they're a national title contender. Those are big factors in the school I choose," said McFadden.
McFadden has already received invites to Under Armour All-American Game and is a safe bet to be invited to The Opening in Beaverton next summer.
"NFTC defensive back coach Eugene Jackson told me I'm on his watch list for The Opening," said McFadden.
For now, McFadden has directed his focus towards the team and the upcoming season.
"This year me and my team put all of our personal goals aside because we're all trying to win a state championship for the first time in school history. Right now, it's just football, football, football. Since the summer started we've been non-stop," McFadden declared.
Stay tuned for more updates from CLA on Tarvarus McFadden and the American Heritage Patriots quest for a state title this season.