West Mecklenburg standout and NC State commitment Jalan McClendon saw his senior season come to an end recently as he was named the starter at quarterback for the North Carolina squad in the Shrine Bowl.
McClendon had a solid outing, helping bring the Tarheel squad from
behind on two occasions but a last second, 70-yard heave to the end
zone fell incomplete as the South Carolina squad held on for a 28-23
For the game McClendon completed 16-of-26 passes for 164 yards and
his numbers would've been better except for five drops.
Before taking the field in Spartanburg, McClendon had an opportunity
to make his official visit to NC State a couple of weeks earlier. It
gave the senior quarterback an opportunity to meet several of his
"It was great to meet some of the players I hadn't met before. My
host was Pharoah (McKever) and I got along with him pretty good
because I already knew him from a couple of camps.
"I got to know Jerod (Fernandez) and I hung out with Jacoby
(Brissett) a little bit more. It's a couple of players I hung out
The coaches demanded some of his time and McClendon had no problem
with that. Their conversations were focused mostly on the offense,
what he's going to be learning when he comes into the system and
Those expectations are fairly lofty. While most don't expect
McClendon to win the starting job as a true freshman the coaches
told him to prepare as though that's exactly what will happen.
"The coaches talked about the depth chart and that I need to come in
looking to take the starting position and be ready to play. They
broke down the offense for me a little bit, just for me to actually
see it. That was Coach Canada.
"He's a somewhat quiet guy but he's going to coach hard and give it
all he's got."
But the best part of the trip for McClendon was spending time with
the other high school players in town that have verbally committed
to NC State. He said that he was around campus with Maurice Trowell,
Tyler Jones and Justin Jones for most of the visit.
Despite a late push from Tennessee, McClendon has remained a solid
NC State commitment throughout the year. He is rated a four-star
prospect and the No. 21 QB in the nation by Scout.com.
McClendon Looking Forward to Future at State
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