McClinton talks Army commit

Army continued their hot streak with a recent pledge from Jaylon McClinton. The 5-foot-9, 185-pound defensive back from Charlotte (N.C.) Christian School told ArmySports.com that Coach Jeff Monken and his staff talked about giving future players a "new football experience" and one he felt compelled to be a part of.

Jaylon McClinton Bio

"I called Coach Bateman after football practice to let him know I wanted to commit to Army," McClinton said. "I was just up [at West Point] last Friday for an unofficial visit. They showed my around campus and I saw all of the facilities. I talked to the players to see how they liked it. The coaches sold me on the idea of giving the players more of a football experience. Classes, for football players , will be done by 2 p.m. with the rest of the day to focus on football. During the summer, instead of doing the military thing for six weeks, well just do four and get back to working out for the rest of the summer. It will be more like a normal D-1 player's routine.

"At first I was never really keen on going into the military. When I got my offers, I thought it was great, but wasn't thinking that seriously about it until after I talked to the players. They were just guys like me who told me it was hard but not impossible.

"I really liked Coach Mitjans, the cornerbacks coach. He said he's excited to have me on the roster. Coach Bateman was my recruiter. I think he's a great guy too. When he offered in May, he said they like me as a boundary corner. They felt like I was physical, had good size, and would fit well into their defensive schemes. While they're not exactly the same as what my high school does, they're not a whole lot different. which would allow me to come in and compete for playing time.

"I'm definitely happy with my commitment. It's relaxing knowing it's over and I can just worry about playing football."

As junior at Charlotte Christian, McClinton was named All-State, All-conference, and was selected as a Christian School All-American.

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