The 6-foot-4, 195-pound pocket passer, who had offers from East Carolina, Florida State, Miami (Fla.), North Carolina and Wake Forest, has committed to North Carolina State, he confirmed Wednesday night.
The chance to play early, among other things, was a big factor in McClendon's choice.
"It's the best place for me and the best opportunity," he said. "The coaches like me and I talked with the man above about it."
McClendon was last on campus in Raleigh over the weekend, and that visit was a major boost for the Wolfpack's recruiting efforts toward him.