McFadden Joins Teammate Blair

Darryl McFadden

For the longest time Western Michigan battled Toledo for one of Detroit Pershing's best in offensive lineman James Blair. Blair committed this past Sunday to coach Darnell and on the very same day another Pershing star pledged for the Broncos.

At 6-3 and 220 pounds, linebacker Darryl McFadden visited the Broncos officially last weekend and came away more than impressed according to his father who took the visit with his son.

"The visit went great and they showed us great hospitality," said McFadden's father. "It just went real well."

McFadden, who was also considering Central Michigan, Bowling Green and Eastern Michigan, told coach Woods at the end of his visit that Western Michigan was where we wanted to be.

"The way they treated us was all we had to see," McFadden's father added.

The hospitality wasn't the only reason for McFadden's commitment. The football facilities and coaching staff certainly played a major role.

"That indoor facility, now that was beautiful," he said. "And coach Darnell was so good to talk to. He is so down to earth with you and not all high and mighty like some people."

McFadden is very close academically to qualifying. He currently has a 2.4 core GPA and a 16 on his latest ACT. He needs a 17 on the next ACT to qualify and that should be no trouble according to his father.

So did the possibility of continuing to play with high school teammate James Blair weight heavily on his decision?

"Yes, is had a good impact on it," said McFadden's father. "We're bringing the Detroit connection to Kalamazoo (laughing)!"

McFadden plans to compete right away but if the coaches feel a redshirt season is best he has no issue with that.

"I've been pushing him since he was six years old," said Mr. McFadden. "I call him the silent assassin. He doesn't like to talk a lot but he takes care of business while he is on that field."

Sounds like a welcome addition to the Bronco lineup.

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