Attending a summer camp on the Plains last year, he got a chance to meet the coaching staff and see the campus and facilities. But that didn't prepare him for what he saw this past weekend on his official visit. With school in full swing and students in abundance, McClendon tells Inside The Auburn Tigers the experience was something entirely different.
"I went real good," the 6-1, 180-pound McClendon notes. "I liked it a lot. My host was Dee Durham and him and "Cadillac" (Carnell Williams) are best friends. Me and Ben (Obomanu), that receiver out of Alabama, Cadillac was his host so all four of us were hanging out all the time."
Rating his visit a "9 ½" out of 10 overall, McClendon says just seeing the coaches and players interact and be real around each other was something that impressed him greatly.
"I liked how well the teammates got along with each other and how well they got along with the coaches," he notes. "It was just real fun being around them."
Being recruited by the Tigers to play either wide receiver or defensive back, McClendon easily has the credentials for both sides of the ball. Totaling 1,112 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns as a wide receiver and adding 45 tackles and four interceptions on defense as a cornerback in his senior season, the Florida-Georgia All-Star game participant had both sides of the Auburn coaching staff working him over this weekend.
"They are recruiting me as an athlete," he says. "Right after I talked to the cornerback coach (Phillip Lolley) I thought I was finished. You know you get those position meetings. I thought I was finished when I talked to him but they said ‘hold on, you have to go talk to the receiver coach now (Greg Knox). I talked to both of them."
The fact that Auburn is showing attention to him on both sides of the ball is a strong point in the Tigers favor McClendon says.
Still declining to name a leader at the moment, the son of former Georgia running back Willie McClendon will visit his dad's old stomping grounds this coming weekend for his fourth official out of his allowed five. Having already tripped to North Carolina and Louisville, the Bulldogs seem like the main competition for McClendon but nobody really knows because McClendon is keeping his feelings close to home.
Tiger Ticket Extra: A standout at a passing camp on the Auburn campus over the summer, McClendon had a chance to play against several outstanding players from around the South. Loaded with skill players and speed, his Mays team easily advanced to the finals where they faced a team from Alabama. That team just so happened to be Hewitt-Trussville High with talented quarterback Brandon Cox and wide receiver Lee Guess. As it worked out, both were also on official visits to Auburn this weekend after verbally committing earlier in the week.