Pompano Beach (Fla.) Ely defensive back Trevonte McFadden knows what it takes to be an elite level defender in the secondary. The two-star cornerback has the family pedigree and colleges are starting to take notice.
Trevonte's older relatives, Bryant and Walter McFadden both spent time in the NFL. Bryant McFadden collected over 250 tackles and nine interceptions in seven seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals.
Walter McFadden played for the Oakland Raiders in 2010 and spent time with the Steelers during pre-season in 2011 and 2012.
The younger McFadden said, "Walter played at Auburn on the same team with Florida defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson. Bryant went to Florida State coming out of Hollywood (McArthur)."
Florida Atlantic was the first to offer the Ely standout. Jeff Sims is the coach that stays in touch with him.
Utah State and Auburn are keeping tabs on him as well. He talks with Aggies cornerbacks coach Kendrick Shaver and Trooper Taylor of Auburn is his area recruiter. In addition to the Aggies and Tigers interest, he has received handwritten letters from the Seminoles.
When it comes to his next offer he thinks Utah State will pull the trigger.
One thing going for FAU is the new on-campus stadium. McFadden noted, "They have a new stadium, new uniforms, and the new coach is doing a pretty good job."
In his last game against Oakland Park (Fla.) Northeast, McFadden posted six tackles and two interceptions in a losing effort. Stacy Coley got the best of the Tigers scoring a touchdown that put the game out of reach.
As far as his recruitment goes it helps playing on the back end with Rivals 250 member and LSU commit Rashard Robinson. When colleges come to watch McFadden does his best to shine in Robinson's limelight.
"I know I have to raise my game up playing with him. College coaches were here all spring and I needed to outshine him," remarked McFadden.
It was imperative for McFadden to impress college coaches this fall after missing time last season with an injury. Last spring, he performed well at the Miami Nike Football SPARQ Combine running a 4.72 electronic-timed 40.
He doubled his interception total from a year ago in the Northeast game and he feels he is playing his best football.