The 5-foot-10, 185-pound defensive back committed to the Black Knights on July 28th, 2015, to defensive coordinator Jay Bateman.
"The (Army) 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."
Jaylon McClinton chose Army over his other two finalists; Bryant and Butler.
"I really liked Coach (Orando) 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 doing the same thing 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 right away."
McClinton played on both sides of the ball as a senior at Charlotte Christian. On offense, he had 30 carries for 129 yards and a touchdown, and 13 catches for 253 yard and three touchdowns. On defensive, he made 31 solo tackles, 13 assisted tackles, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and two interceptions, including an 84 yard pick-six against Monroe. On special teams, he had a 99 yard kickoff return for touchdown against Providence Day, a 45 yard punt return for a touchdown against Ravenscroft. He was recognized as first team all-conference in CISAA at defensive back, and first team All-State in NCISAA at defensive back. He was a two-time state champion in 2012 and 2013. He is the son of Tesia and Robert McClinton, and older brother to sisters, Taylor & Kaylen. He will begin at USMAPS.