High School: Charlotte (NC) West Meck High School
NOTES: McClendon threw for over 1,700 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior, leading West Meck to a 9-3 record and a berth in the NC 4AA state playoffs.
The four-star recruit, who is ranked the No. 15 quarterback in the country by Scout.com, represented North Carolina in the Shrine Bowl, completing 16-of-26 passes for 164 yards.
He originally picked NC State over Miami, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, ECU, FSU, and Virginia among others. Late in the process he was also heavily recruited by Tennessee.
"He's a big guy that can really sling it," NC State head coach Dave Doeren said of McClendon on Signing Day. "An interesting part of Jalan's background is Jalan was 5'9 his freshman year in high school and then became a 6'5 guy. He started out as a running quarterback, they ran the triple option and were a veer team, then turned it into a spread offense. That's what I like about him, he has two skillsets that he's had to do in two different offenses, and he was very good at it.
"He had a chip on his shoulder about being the little guy and now he's a big guy. Jalan had tremendous leadership for us this year. A lot of people tried to get Jalan to switch and flip his decision, and he stayed strong. We really appreciate that. It shows a lot about his integrity and his loyalty."
Check out these senior season highlights of McClendon in action!