McClendon, a 6-foot-4, 182-pound passer from Charlotte (N.C.) West Mecklenburg, has visited UNC twice previously – for a camp and a football game. Saturday marked his first live Tar Heel basketball game.
"It was a nice game," McClendon said. "It's a nice atmosphere. I like the school spirit. I like all the Carolina Blue they wear."
Following the game, McClendon was escorted to the football building where he spent time with the UNC coaching staff – namely offensive coordinator/quarterback coach Blake Anderson, primary recruiter Gunter Brewer, and Larry Fedora.
"We mostly just hung out and talked a little bit," McClendon said. "They said they want to keep getting me up there and they were trying to get me to be a Tar Heel. They said they are looking for a guy like me at quarterback. They like how I do things – especially how I read my keys down the field – and how I can make plays with my arm and my feet."
McClendon led West Meck to its best record in nearly 25 years, posting a 9-4 record and reaching the second round of the NCHSAA 4AA playoffs. On the season, he passed for over 1,700 yards and 16 touchdowns, and rushed for over 200 with six touchdowns.
McClendon, who holds offers from UNC and Wake Forest, says that the Tar Heels are always going to be in the hunt, but currently is playing from behind.
"It's Clemson first and then Carolina," McClendon said. "[Clemson] has been showing me love and I went to one of their football games and I liked how they did things. I like the coaches there and how they treat all the players, and the fan base and the school overall."
The good news for UNC is there is plenty of time left in the recruitment. McClendon isn't looking to make a verbal commitment until closer to his senior year.
Besides Clemson and UNC, McClendon also visited South Carolina during the football season. In the coming months, he plans to attend junior days at Clemson, Georgia, South Carolina, and LSU.