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Florida State football commit analysis: Jarques McClellion scouting report

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Pac-man is coming to town

The transfer portal is certainly becoming free agency for college football teams. On Sunday the Florida State Seminoles landed an early Christmas preset when Jarques McClellion committed to Mike Norvell and FSU. McClellion was in the portal a few short hours before deciding to join #TheClimb.

McClellion should slot in as a field corner in defensive coordinator Adam Fuller’s defense. A Florida native, McClellion comes back home and gets to play for his dream school. Listed at 6’ and 188 pounds “Pac-Man” has the potential to be a good zone corner at FSU. Lets take a look at some clips and figure out what kind of football player FSU is getting.

Scouting Report

Quick in Space

McClellion might not be the most explosive long speed player on FSU’s roster but he is quick. This quickness is beneficial in zone schemes as he will be able to read the quarterback and drive on the ball. The play below highlights this well as he defends an in-breaking route and drives underneath the ball to break it up. The field corner at FSU will play a lot of quarters coverage making this an important trait.

A Willing Tackler

Let’s be honest, tackling is a skill thats been missing at FSU for some time now. McClellion shows a willingness to get in the mix and make tackles. Secondary support is an important component of the Adam Fuller defense and was lacking this past season. McClellion should help improve this aspect of the defense next year.

Competitive Mindset

I don’t like to put mental attributes in a scouting report but it has to be said in this case. McClellion has competed against some of the SEC’s best wide receivers and faired well. In 2019, “Pac-Man” faced off against LSU and Alabama (and their high powered WR core) and had two balls thrown his direction combined. That speaks volumes to me about his mindset and willingness to compete. That is something this FSU roster could use.