Pack Offers McClendon

Charlotte (NC) West Mecklenburg quarterback Jalan McClendon is one of the state's top signal-callers, and his offer list continues to grow.

Charlotte (NC) West Mecklenburg quarterback Jalan McClendon is one of the state's top signal-callers, and his offer list continues to grow.

"My most recent offers were from NC State and Miami," said McClendon. "I now have Florida State, Miami, NC State, Chapel Hill, Wake Forest, ECU, and UNC-Charlotte."

NC State's offer didn't come as a surprise to McClendon because he has been receiving a lot of attention from the Wolfpack. He attended their Junior Day back in February and has been in constant contact with recruiting coach Eddie Faulkner.

"He's a great guy," McClendon said of Faulkner. "He's a real cool coach. We stay in touch a lot. He sounds very interested in me and is recruiting me really hard.

"NC State is showing me a lot of interest. I think they feel I can be the guy that can be good for them in the future. When coach Doeren offered me, it was exciting. I was pretty much speechless."

Not only is he hearing from the NC State coaches... he has also been in touch with Wolfpack recruits.

"Bo Hines, the NC State commitment, we've been talking a lot," he said. "Actually, he's from Charlotte, and we've worked out together some too.

"He has real good hands... he can catch it. He's a great receiver."

Miami has also made an impression on McClendon. The Hurricanes offered him just last week.

"I hadn't heard a bunch about me, but I think when FSU offered, that's when they really got on me," said McClendon. "I was talking with coach Coley, the quarterbacks coach, and he offered me the scholarship. It was exciting too."

At 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds, McClendon has good size and athleticism. He is still developing as a passer, but the tools are what excites college coaches.

"I try to model my game after Cam Newton," he stated. "I'd have to say my biggest strength is just my ability to make plays. I try to keep plays live when I need to.

"What I can improve on is my footwork. I can work on that, my footwork and also where I hold the ball."

As of now, two programs are sticking out to McClendon.

"Right now Miami, NC State, [North] Carolina, FSU, and East Carolina would be my top five, in no order," he stated. "NC State and Miami are my leaders. I feel like they offer the best opportunity for me to get some playing time and potentially play early."

A decision could be happening sometime in the near future.

"I think I'm going to try and visit a couple of schools before deciding if I can," said McClendon. "I'm planning to get to NC State again as well as maybe East Carolina.

"I plan on making a decision sometime soon... maybe in May or later in the summer after I visit a couple more schools."

McClendon had a stellar junior year where he led West Mecklenburg to a 9-4 record, the school's best mark in nearly 25 years. He finished the season with over 2,000 yards of total offense, 22 total touchdowns, and just eight interceptions.

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