Deep dive inside the top 5 for in-state tackle Warren McClendon

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4-star tackle Warren McClendon grew up a Georgia fan, but he was only able to make it to one game last season.

Want to attack every day with the latest Georgia football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel will bring at least five days a week. We’re going to call today’s blog Warren McClendon Wednesday as we bring out the latest update on the South Georgia UGA legacy from Brunswick (Ga.) High School.

Warren McClendon shared his top 5 schools on Wednesday morning. It was an all-SEC top 5 that confirms he’s bound to play in the conference.

Was it getting daunting?

Four-star tackle Warren McClendon was first spotted by DawgNation as a high school freshman. That’s when he appeared to be even more polished a prospect than high school junior and future U.S. Army All-American D’Antne Demery at Brunswick High School. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

“You always have those coaches wanting to text you every day and talk to you,” he said. “Sometimes yes [it is hard] but I always do respond. Sometimes I feel like I don’t want to respond but I always do.”

It is closer than most might think. He wants to major in physical therapy and he’s confident that all of those schools will prepare him academically for that career path, too.

“There are schools that are above each other but they are all really kind of close,” McClendon said. “I am considering all of them.”

This next passage will read straight like textbook recruiting reporting. We asked McClendon to name the single biggest drawing factor for each member of that final group.

He did so pretty succinctly. Especially for a guy who won’t turn 18 years old until next April.

Auburn: “That would be [offensive line] Coach [J.B.] Grimes. I’ve built a relationship with Coach Grimes ever since he got back to Auburn. I like him as a coach.”

“They probably talk to me almost three times a week about coming up on a visit,” he continued, “so when I told him yesterday about coming up on a visit next week, he was excited.”

Florida: “That’s coach [Dan] Mullen and [offensive line] Coach [John] Hevesy because we have been building a relationship since they were at Mississippi State. They were recruiting me pretty hard. Now they are at Florida and it is close to home. I just like it.”

Georgia: “Just being the home state team and always being a Georgia fan as a young person. The family history we have there. I just like it up there, too.”

South Carolina: “That’s because my cousin [offensive coordinator Bryan McClendon] is there and [offensive line] Coach [Eric] Wolford. We’ve built a relationship since they offered me and I like it up there, too.”

Tennessee: “That is because of [offensive line coach] Coach [Will] Friend and Coach [Jeremy] Pruitt. When coach Pruitt was at Alabama, he was recruiting me really hard and now that he is over at Tennessee he is recruiting me even harder. Coach Friend is recruiting me pretty hard, too.”

“I like what they are doing at Tennessee. They have a good class right now, too.”

He thinks he could get on the field quickest at Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee. Florida, he has been told, is losing six offensive linemen after the 2018 season.

Will it come down to UGA and South Carolina with Warren McClendon?

I remember asking McClendon a while back about the family influences with his cousin at South Carolina. McClendon played and coached at Georgia before becoming the offensive coordinator for the Gamecocks.

His uncle Willie McClendon was a great UGA tailback back in the 1970s and really established the McClendon name in Athens.

Warren McClendon told DawgNation that Georgia line coach Sam Pittman and his South Carolina offensive coordinator Bryan McClendon (his cousin) are the two heaviest recruiting relationships in his decision. (Jeff Sentell/ SEC Country)

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