The National Letters of Intent continue to roll in for the UCLA Bruins, as the team announced it had received the NLI of running back Jahmon McClendon out of Monte Vista High School in Spring Valley, California.
McClendon, measuring at 6’ 2” and 210 lbs, is a composite 3-star recruit by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings. 247Sports ranks him as the 62nd running back in the country. His reported offer sheet is rather low, with only the Bruins and San Diego State being listed. Part of that may have had to do with an early commitment to the Aztecs this summer, and he was fairly under the radar in his junior year before breaking out this season, running for 2652 yards and 41 touchdowns. Jahmon took an official visit to UCLA back in September, and committed to the Bruins a few days after.
From a scouting perspective, McClendon has the feel of a bigger, bruising back, able to punish defenders between the tackles, and racking up a sizeable portion of yards after contact. He’s not the fastest guy, but he has solid burst and can read and react to his offensive line rather quickly. His big thing to work on coming in to college will be his pad level as McClendon has a bit of Soso Jamabo Syndrome where he’s big and runs upright instead of lowering his center of mass.
Let’s take a look at McClendon’s senior year highlights from Hudl.
Welcome to Westwood, Jahmon!