Rising junior throws for Chaney & Co.

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The Tennessee Volunteers coaching staff has already locked up their quarterback commitment for the 2013 class in three-star signal-caller Riley Ferguson, but it's on to the next one.

Under Tennessee coach Derek Dooley it has become clear that the Vols want to sign a QB in every recruiting class if possible and they are already looking ahead to 2014.

Rising junior Jalan McClendon was recently on campus and threw for lead recruiter and offensive coordinator Jim Chaney and the coaching staff liked what they saw.

"I think I did pretty well at their camp and they really liked me," McClendon told InsideTennessee. "I plan on going back there in July for another camp.

"Coach Chaney, I think he really liked me and talked to the other coaches about me and stuff like that. I threw some routes for him and I went over my three-step drop for them."

McClendon, a 6-foot-4, 190-pounder, claims offers from Wake Forest and North Carolina and is being recruited heavily by other major players including Ohio State, Clemson, Georgia and Tennessee.

As of now, the Charlotte, N.C., native is really impressed with what he saw during his visit to Rocky Top.

"I like Tennessee overall," he said. "It is a good school. The atmosphere really stuck out to me at Tennessee. The facilities — I really liked the facilities at Tennessee. They are definitely up there with some of the top schools in the country."

McClendon, who claims a 3.0 core GPA, says he wants to major in Journalism, which will be one of the factors in making a decision on where to play his college football.

"I do look at playing time a little bit," he said. "I plan on at least getting a little bit of playing time by my sophomore year.

"I do look at how they produce quarterbacks overall on the next level. I look at the coaching staff, the football program and I also look at the education and if they have my major or not."

The West Mecklenburg (N.C.) High School prospect threw for 1,700 yards and 21 touchdowns as a sophomore. He also ran for 250 yards and one touchdown. McClendon bench presses 230 pounds, squats 305, and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.8 seconds.

"I am trying to improve my footwork and my throwing motion a little bit going into next season," McClendon said. "I think the coaches just really like my size and how I throw the ball. The coaches at Tennessee told me that I could thread the needle. Overall, I think they just like my size and how I see the field and receivers."

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Chris Price is a staff writer for InsideTennessee.com. He was previously an intern for the site for two years before graduating from the University of Tennessee. He joined the InsideTennessee team in 2009.

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