The North Carolina State Wolfpack were busy offering recruits yesterday, and they decided to extend an offer to 2014 in-state pro-style quarterback Jalan McClendon. The 6’3″, 192 pound West Mecklenburg High standout from Charlotte received an offer just a day before from an ACC heavyweight in the Miami Hurricanes, and he is also very interested in the Florida State Seminoles. McClendon is high on an in-state rival of N.C. State’s in the North Carolina Tar Heels, and he would also reportedly like to have an offer from the Clemson Tigers. There is plenty of in-state and ACC interest for McClendon, and this offer from N.C. State is just the latest big one. He is interested in the Wolfpack, so they do have a good chance with him.
McClendon has received three other offers in his recruitment from in-state schools in the East Carolina Pirates, Wake Forest Demon Deacons, and Appalachian State. Charlotte and South Carolina State, however, are two schools that have been eliminated in his recruitment and both offered. Duke, Georgia, Tennessee (Jay Graham is McClendon’s primary recruiter for the Volunteers), Ohio State, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Virginia, and Wisconsin are major programs with interest in McClendon.
Last season at West Mecklenburg, the top 25 recruit in the state of North Carolina tossed 11 touchdowns, ran for five more, and he had 1,400 total passing yards. However, McClendon actually looked better as a sophomore, as he threw for more yards in 2011 with more touchdowns and less interceptions.
Although he is listed as one of the top 50 pro-style QBs in the nation, McClendon can tuck it and run with five touchdown runs last season. He runs a 4.88 forty, though, so that’s why he isn’t a true running quarterback. The three-star QB is rated by many services as among the 900 best prospects in the 2014 class, and it will be interesting to see if schools like Tennessee and Wisconsin become the next major programs to offer McClendon.