Syracuse Football: Another day, another 2025 pledge as Philly 3-star WR commits to SU

Three-star Julian McFadden, a junior WR/CB from the Philadelphia market, has verbally committed to Syracuse football.
Three-star Julian McFadden, a junior WR/CB from the Philadelphia market, has verbally committed to Syracuse football. / Bryan M. Bennett/GettyImages
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Syracuse football head coach Fran Brown and his staff continue to make waves with their 2025 recruiting class.

On Wednesday, three-star wide receiver/cornerback Julian McFadden from the Philadelphia market announced his verbal commitment to the Orange via his X page.

A huge congrats and welcome from 'Cuse Nation to Julian. He says on his X page that he's listed at 5-foot-11 and 170 pounds.

McFadden is a standout at La Salle College High School in Wyndmoor, Pa., which is about a 30-minute drive to Philadelphia, one of the key recruiting areas for Brown and his assistants.

Syracuse football has scored a pledge from 2025 three-star prospect Julian McFadden.

According to his X account, in the 2023 season as a junior for La Salle, McFadden hauled in 53 catches for 796 receiving yards. He tallied 916 total yards and 13 touchdowns, while also making one interception on the defensive end.

McFadden's verbal commitment to the Orange came quickly. On March 21 of this year, he said that he had received a scholarship offer from the 'Cuse. That same day, per the 247Sports Web site, McFadden took an unofficial visit to Syracuse football.

Roughly two weeks later, he has verbally pledged to the Orange. When I wrote this article on Wednesday, the 'Cuse had at least 11 verbal commitments in 2025 class, and all but one have occurred since mid-March.

Per recruiting Web sides, besides Syracuse football, McFadden has secured scholarship offers from schools including Boston College, Bucknell, Buffalo, Monmouth, New Hampshire, Towson and Western Michigan, among others.

While most of the main recruiting services don't include McFadden in their 2025 national rankings, at least for now, 247Sports does place him as three stars, No. 106 at wide receiver and No. 21 in Pennsylvania.

Of the 11 verbal pledges to Syracuse football so far in this class, four are from New York, two are from Texas, two are from Pennsylvania, and there is one each from Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

Another Philly-area commit for the 'Cuse among high school juniors is four-star edge and top-300 national prospect Sharlandiin Strangeย out of Cheltenham High School in Wyncote, Pa.

At the time of this writing, the Orange's 2025 cycle was No. 15 overall via the industry-generated 247Sports Composite, No. 31 from Rivals.com, and No. 38 from the industry-generated On3 Industry Ranking.

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