SIGNEE STATUS: McClendon Ready To Compete

NC State quarterback signee Jalan McClendon says he is ready to compete for NC State's starting job and that will be his goal when he enrolls this summer.

Jacoby Brissett is expected to open the 2014 season as the Wolfpack's starting quarterback. However, 2014 signee Jalan McClendon says he's looking forward to coming in and giving Brissett a run for his money.

McClendon has a lot of respect for Brissett and what he's done with the Wolfpack offense in the spring. Don't expect any unhealthy competition between the two when McClendon arrives on June 22, ready to work with the team.
But you can expect a healthy competition that brings out the best in both players. McClendon isn't conceding anything to anyone just yet.
"I know Jacoby played pretty good in the spring game. I was there and I watched him. I really didn't pay that much attention to the other quarterbacks like that but I know in the spring practices all the other quarterbacks did good. The coaches said they all look pretty good but they said they need to get a lot better too. I've been talking to Coach Faulkner and Coach Canada and they said if I come in and learn the playbook then it should be me and Jacoby competing for the starting spot."
How McClendon grasps the offense will be key in whether he's ready to compete for that job right away. As far as his on the field progress McClendon believes he's in a good place.
He has been working out every day and on Saturday and Sunday every week he and his quarterback coach try to simulate NC State's playbook. Monday through Thursday he works with his 7 on 7 team.
"I've been running NC State's plays. My coaches said I've gotten a lot more calm. I look more confident and I'm playing more loose." 
Brissett may have been the only quarterback McClendon was watching in the spring game but there was another player that caught his eye.
"I saw Bo Hines out there and me and him were throwing together all the time before he left. He stood out to me a lot. I saw that he's got a lot better. He's molding into the offense more. I liked the whole offense a lot really. I think it's going to fit me well."
McClendon is a good interview and that's a positive sign for someone that plans to major in broadcast journalism. That degree could give him a future in football even after his playing career is over wherever that leads him.

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. He was a four star recruit according to and was selected to play in the Shrine Bowl.

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