Saturday, June 23, 2018
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Plant's Micah McFadden continues bay area recruits' love of Indiana

Plant linebacker Micah McFadden visited Indiana on July 21-22, then took the past week to mull over his decision.

He really did not need that long.

McFadden pretty much had his mind made up during the trip to Bloomington that he wanted to become a Hoosier.

"I just loved everything about the school," McFadden said. "It was such a great visit."

On Sunday, McFadden made it official, announcing via Twitter that he was committing to Indiana. He continues the Hoosiers' recent success of landing recruits from the bay area.

Indiana currently has 10 locals, including five from last year's stellar recruiting class.

Nearly half of that haul has come from one school: Plant.

McFadden is the fifth Panther to pledge his allegiance to Indiana, joining receiver Whop Philyor, defensive back Juwan Burgess, linebacker Thomas Allen (son of the head coach) and kicker Stephen Yaffe (a transfer from Hawaii).

The players are close. McFadden said he hung out with Allen and Yaffe during his visit.

But the bond with high school teammates was not the only factor in becoming a Hoosier.

"From the outside, people think I committed to Indiana because I go to Plant," McFadden said. "Honestly, I would be going there even if I didn't know all those guys. I really liked my time up there. Knowing those guys was almost just a bonus."

A first-time starter last season, McFadden thrived in his role as "the Panther" and finished with a team-leading 12 sacks to help Plant reach the Class 7A state championship game. This season, McFadden is moving to middle linebacker, the spot previously occupied by Allen.

RELATED: Indiana-Tampa Bay recruiting pipeline outperforms state schools.

After his breakout season, McFadden picked up six offers, including ones from Boston College and Toledo. The Eagles had to back off the offer after filling their allotment of linebacker recruits for this year's class.

That made McFadden anxious to make a quicker decision.

"I'm glad the process is out of the way," he said. "And I'm glad I'm going to Indiana."

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