Okeem McLendon continues to favor Cards

Scout.com 3-star running back wants to wait until his season is over before deciding

Last week, 3-star running back Okeem McLendon of Mason County (GA) High School told Scout.com that Louisville was his clear leader. On Thursday evening, the 5-foot-11, 200-pound prospect repeated those same words to InsideTheVille.com.

"I'm still open, but right now Louisville's my favorite," he said.

However, he said that despite a report that had him close to making a verbal commitment, McLendon told ITV that his current plans were to wait until after his senior season.

"I'm probably going to wait until after my season," he said, adding that he hasn't scheduled any official visits. "I don't even know how to schedule one."

Choosing to focus on his senior season could be the factor that helps his Mason County squad, which is currently 6-2, play deep into the state playoffs.

"I'm not going home," he said of his expectations for the playoffs that begin in two weeks. "I'm not going to lose."

McLendon, his team's main offensive threat, has rushed for over 1,300 yards and 16 touchdowns through eight games.

"I like it," he explained. "I don't feel any pressure."

While Louisville remains his only scholarship, Auburn, Ball State, South Carolina and Tennessee are the others also expressing interest.

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