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___top three of LSU, UNC and USCe
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The more the other names in West Mecklenburg (N.C.) quarterback Jalan McClendon’s top three keep changing, the more North Carolina’s status in the hierarchy stays the same
McClendon (6-4, 195), one of two in-state 2014 quarterbacks the Tar Heels have offered, continues to hold UNC in second place.
Although now, LSU has supplanted Ohio State in his favorite spot, and South Carolina has ascended to No. 3.
“I’m getting the most letters from LSU and Carolina,” McClendon said. “Carolina has offered, while LSU’s letters say they will potentially offer me.”
To that end, UNC remains one of four schools to have offered McClendon last summer, joining Wake Forest, Charlotte and S.C. State.
McClendon carries an 87 rating from 247Sports as a three-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 10 prospect in the state of North Carolina as well as No. 25 pro-style quarterback nationally.
Having made his initial name at various college camp appearances last summer, McClendon followed with a junior season in which he completed 75 of 168 passes (44.6 percent) for 1,400 yards, 11 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also rushed for five scores.
The numbers pale in comparison to a sophomore season where he threw for 1,700 yards and 21 touchdowns.
But West Meck coach Jeff Caldwell said the reduction had strictly to do with a shift in offensive philosophy. Struggles at receiver, coupled with the infusion of 2014 transfer running back Shaun Wilson and emergence of 2015 prospect Van Smith at running back, culminated in the Hawks relying heavily on a power running game.
“The thing he brings now is, he’s developed into a great team leader,” Caldwell said. “He knows he can go out and throw for whatever. The thing we had to work on was, at this level, guys being able to catch his balls. We didn’t let it get to a point where it got frustrating for him.
“We’ve seen him mature and grow, and that’s a great thing. He can do all the physical things.”
Missouri is the latest school to express interest, while McClendon hopes to take unofficial visits to LSU and Ohio State this offseason. Clemson also continues to stay in touch and try to get McClendon on campus.
McClendon has attended a pair of college games this fall, taking in UNC’s Sept. 29 game against Idaho two weeks after visiting South Carolina for the first time.
He talks with Tar Heels receivers coach Gunter Brewer on a weekly basis and said he has enjoyed seeing UNC’s style of offense.
“That’s the home state,” he said. “They’re in my top three right now. I love them a lot. So I’m really considering going there.”
UNC offered spot in his pecking order remains the same, but the other candidates have changed.
Will add him to the call list because it's a bit surprising that a kid from North Carolina would have LSU as his leader when they haven't yet offered.
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