Five questions with transfer DB Jarques McClellion

Arkansas cornerback Jarques McClellion wasn’t in the transfer portal long when he connected with Florida State. McClellion, who played at Delray Beach (Fla.) American Heritage, the chance to move closer to home was intriguing.

McClellion had 59 tackles in two seasons in Arkansas and has two seasons left to play in Tallahassee. He is listed at 6-foot and 188 pounds. A two-year starter (20 starts in 2018-19), McClellion had 59 tackles, 11 passes broken up and an interception. He opted out before the 2020 season.

Why was FSU so attractive?

McClellion: FSU is my dream school. It is DBU. They have had players like Deion Sanders, Jalen Ramsey, Xavier Rhodes all play there and have gone on to have great careers in the NFL. I would like to follow in their footsteps. I want to be part of the great legacy of FSU defensive backs. I can see myself having the same type of success. 

How do you feel about coach Mike Norvell?

McClellion: Coach Norvell made me feel like I wanted to be at FSU. He makes it feel like him. He understands the hardships that I have been through. It is my dream and coach Norvell made my dreams come true. For that I will never forget him. I can’t wait to play for coach Norvell. 

How much did playing close to home impact your decision?

McClellion: It was very important. While at Arkansas my mother never got to see me play. She can come up and watch me as well as my siblings as well. I can’t wait for my mom to be able to see my play at FSU. 

How would you describe to Florida State fans the way you play?

McClellion: I will play whatever way coach Norvell wants me to. I can play press man. If you want me to play off coverage or in a zone, I can do that as well. I feel my game can adapt to any scheme or style of play. I feel my game is very fluid. I can back pedal well. I can come up and make tackles. I like to play aggressive. 

What will it be like to play in Doak Campbell the first time. Hearing the warchant? 

McClellion: I will do the chant with the fans along with doing the chop. I will by hyped … It will get me pumped up to play.

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