Osbourn's McFadden commits to IUP
Former Osbourn star Jerell McFadden, who spent the fall semester at Fork Union Military Academy and has been trying to gain eligibility, signed a National Letter of Intent yesterday to play football at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP).
As of now, McFadden is still not eligible, although IUP was able to take him on as a partial qualifier -- a sort of conditional recruit. In order to play this fall, McFadden needs to elevate his SAT score from 800 to 820 and is scheduled to take the exam in February and March.
Osbourn Coach Steve Schultze said McFadden traveled to IUP last weekend for an overnight visit and that the offer arrived on Tuesday morning via e-mail. Schultze said that among Division II schools, McFadden was picking primarily between IUP and Shepherd.
"I felt like IUP was the right fit," McFadden said. "It was a school that had my back and was checking on me. I just felt like with my situation, IUP was the best for me."
That visit started on Friday afternoon when IUP’s wide receivers coach, Ryan Eden, met with Schultze and McFadden in Manassas then took McFadden north on Saturday for his overnight visit. Schultze said that IUP recruited McFadden as a cornerback.
McFadden needed 60 more points on his SATs to gain Division I eligibility, but Schultze, along with McFadden and his parents, talked things over and decided that choosing a school now was the best option.
“We thought, ‘Do we hold off or do we jump on this IUP thing?’" Schultze said. “We all felt like we couldn’t pass up on this opportunity to get a good education and for him to live out his dream.”
With out-of-state tuition around $19,000 -- living in Virginia qualifies McFadden as a discount-eligible student -- McFadden will get about $14,000, Schultze said. In the interim, McFadden will continue to work out in Manassas and travel to Pennsylvania for football camp in August.
"It feels like the monkey is off my back now," McFadden said. "Now I can continue my dream and be what I want to be."
February 4, 2010; 10:33 AM ET
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