"Wake Forest was my first offer," said Jalan McClendon. "When I was at camp this summer, Coach Elrod told me they liked my size, footwork, and how well I drop back [in the pocket]. They said they pretty liked everything about me and were ready to offer."
After the Wake Forest offer, McClendon received his second from North Carolina. He says he's being avidly pursued by Duke, N.C. State, Ohio State, South Carolina and expects more offers to arrive soon from any one of those schools. In his second year as a starter at West Mecklenburg, in the Charlotte area, McCleandon has helped turn the Hawks around. The team finished 4-7 a year ago, but are 6-3 heading into Friday's game with Ashbrook.
"We're a running team for the most part," McClendon stated. "I throw usually throw the ball between 10 to 12 times per game, so when I do I have to take advantage of it. I consider myself more of a drop-back passer than a duel-threat quarterback. I've improved in a lot of areas since last year like my arm strength, accuracy, and poise in the pocket."
In West Mecklenburg's I-formation offense, McClendon has eight touchdowns to four interceptions in nine games. After his season, McClendon says he'll focus more on recruiting, but is in no hurry to make a commitment.
"I think I'm going to wait until signing day of my senior year to decide [on college]," he said. "I'm looking to receive a good education and play in a good program that fits me. I'd like to be on a campus with a nice student body. Another aspect I want to examine as I go along is my relationship with the coaches and how well I think they can develop me as a player."
McClendon reports a 3.5 G.P.A. In college he plans on studying Broadcast Journalism. This is a big year for the Hawks. With their sixth win of the season, they secured their first winning year since 2007.