A two-way player in high school, he has played tight end, linebacker and defensive end and is a three-year starter in both football and basketball.
His coach, Bobby Bennett, predicts that McLendon will move inside to defensive tackle at the next level. "He is 6-4, 267 pounds now and he will get bigger when he gets to college," the coach says. "That is where I think his future is as a college player."
A three-year starter, as a sophomore McLendon played middle linebacker, but has been at defensive end the past two seasons. He was injured as a senior and played in just five games, but was highly productive with 62 tackles, seven sacks and one interception for a 7-4 team that was nipped by Oxford in the opening round of the state playoffs. McLendon says he believes he played one of his best games ever in the playoff matchup. "I was able to get in the backfield that game and make some tackles for losses," he says.
McLendon is a three-year starter in basketball, too, and says he is averaging 10 points and eight rebounds per game.
Last weekend McLendon was at UAB for an official visit and was offered a scholarship. The previous weekend he visited Troy State and was offered there. The Carroll High senior says he is interested in both of those programs, but is waiting to see if he will get an offer from the Tigers this weekend.
McLendon bench presses 345 pounds and power cleans 285. He plans to compete in the shot put and discus on the Carroll High track team following basketball season.
As a junior and senior, he played end in a 3-4 alignment and says he likes to be a physical player on the football. "I like to bull rush and the snatch and go," he says. "I think my strength as a football player is my quickness. I get off the ball really quickly."
Bennett agrees and adds, "Steve has excellent strength and agility. He is a hard worker in the weight room and is a good young man."