McClendon, a 6-foot-4, 182-pounder from Charlotte (N.C.) West Mecklenburg, witnessed the Tar Heels offense break the school record for most points scored in a single game by beating Idaho 66-0.
"The offense did well – the whole team did well overall," McClendon said. "I was pretty focused on the quarterback, though, so I could take some notes off of what he did."
Bryn Renner, UNC's starting quarterback who tossed three touchdown passes while completing 74 percent of his throws, provided an excellent subject for McClendon to study.
"They run a no-huddle offense and I'm cool with that – I've always wanted to run it," McClendon said. "They run a spread offense that fits me, in my opinion."
Before the game, McClendon spent time with Gunter Brewer, his primary recruiter, and met with Larry Fedora in his office.
"They were glad that I came back and glad to see me," McClendon said.
This coming Saturday, McClendon plans to make it back to Chapel Hill for what will be a very different game between UNC and Virginia Tech.
"I'm expecting a closer game [than the UNC-Idaho game]," McClendon said. "Both are good ACC teams."
McClendon, who has also visited South Carolina for a game earlier this season, will attend a college game on most Saturdays this fall. He plans his schedule, though, on a week-to-week basis.
UNC and Wake Forest are still the only Division I-A schools to have offered McClendon a scholarship, but he is receiving interest from just about every school in the ACC and SEC, as well as California, Ohio State, and Washington.
"Right now, [UNC] is No. 2 behind Ohio State," McClendon said. "Both schools run the offense that I want to run and are good schools, but I've liked Ohio State since I was little."