McLendon sets visit to Louisville

Omar McLendon, an athletic 6-6, 220-pound defensive end from Villa Rica (GA) H.S., is working his way toward a college decision. McLendon made his first official visit last weekend. He'll trip to a Sun Belt program this weekend, followed by a trip to Louisville Jan. 23.

"He's visiting Louisville next weekend," said Villa Rica coach Rob Cleveland.

Named the Defensive Player of the Year by the Times Georgian, McLendon recorded 86 tackles, 11 sacks, seven forced fumbles, and recovered four fumbles as a senior.


Omar McLendon is looking for an
offer from UofL.

"Omar McLendon is a 6-6, 220 defensive end," Cleveland said. "He's got great speed. That's his (best) attribute. He uses his height on his pass rush and he's got a great swim move. But he's got real good foot speed. Probably his best game he had five sacks."

McLendon made an official visit to Troy last weekend. He'll officially visit Middle Tennessee this weekend, followed by a trip to Louisville the weekend of Jan. 23. "He went to Troy last weekend," Cleveland said. "He's going to Middle Tennessee this weekend and to Louisville the following week. He really liked Troy and the guy at Middle Tennessee has been on him since day one."

South Alabama and UCF are also recruiting McLendon and a few SEC have begun sniffing around the athletic pass-rusher.

"He got a call from Tennessee today and Ole Miss was recruiting him but the guy that was recruiting him for Ole Miss left for Auburn," said Cleveland. "So now he's being recruited by both of them."

Cleveland said McLendon is planning to make one or two more visits after his visit to Louisville next weekend. No favorite has emerged on McLendon's list, according to his head coach.

"I think he's got to make a choice for his final visit(s) (between) Auburn, Tennessee and Central Florida," Cleveland said. "I don't think he's made up his mind on his final visits yet. He's just weighing his options. He's been coached up enough to give everybody a chance before he makes a decision."

Cleveland said the Cardinals haven't yet offered McLendon. "They were saying they were going to offer him during his visit," Cleveland said. "Coach (Greg) Nord has come down five times and it's surprised me that they haven't offered. The last time he came he said that when he gets up there that's when they want to offer him."


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