Every day since our bowl game in December, I have expected the sun to rise in the east, President Trump to tweet, and Jalan McClendon to announce his transfer.
Surely, you remember McClendon? The perfect QB body type (6-5; 221 lbs) . . . the strong arm – the kind of arm that seems to move slowly, almost lazily, through the motion, and yet the ball bolts out of his hand like an ICBM (think Jeff George) . . . the heir apparent to Jacoby Brissett . . . and our next and future star QB.
I will state upfront that I do not know Jalan other than what I have seen in the media, so all of my assumptions may be 100% inaccurate. I only refer to him as Jalan for my writing ease (NOTE: since I am 6-0 and 190 lbs, if I was in his presence, I would address him as Mr. McClendon).
A 3-4-star recruit out of West Mecklenburg (Charlotte NC) with offers from FSU, Miami, UNC, and UVA among others, Jalan was certainly a welcome addition to the Pack family . . . and a recruiting coup given we had just completed a 7-6 season (2012), fired a head coach (O’Brien), and hired a new one (Doeren) by the time he committed in May 2013. Jalan and just about everyone in his life had to project that he would be a three-year starter, beginning with his red-shirt sophomore year after Brissett’s graduation, with a decent shot at an NFL paycheck one day.
Insert Ryan Finley.
I suspect only the wildest of conspiracy theorists would assert that there was a quid pro quo with the hiring of Eli Drinkwitz from Boise State as our offensive coordinator and the later transfer of his former starting QB Finley.
Nevertheless, Jalan goes from being the most experienced QB in Matt Canada’s system (3 years) to being the inexperienced QB when compared to Finley in Drinkwitz’s schemes.
Now that it appears Finley is entrenched as the starting QB – and it clearly had to be apparent at least halfway through last season – why has Jalan stuck around?
1) Jalan loves NC State…