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3-Star Defensive End Derrick McLendon Commits to Florida State

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Florida State football’s recruiting machine kept rolling on Thursday. 3-star defensive end Derrick McLendon made it official that he has committed to the Seminoles.

McLendon hails from Tucker, Georgia — about 30 minutes outside of Atlanta. He’s listed as a weakside defensive end who could potentially play outside linebacker in certain schemes.

According to the 247Sports composite rating, McLendon is a high 3-star who ranks No. 371 in the nation and No. 27 at weakside defensive end. He’s a lengthy pass rusher who exhibits a relentless motor and solid development potential.

The Florida State staff is much higher on McLendon than one would expect with his rankings. He is one of the Seminoles’ top defensive end targets and they believe he can become a force on the edge. There is a decent chance that McLendon’s rating receives a slight bump in the coming season.

The news of McLendon’s commitment comes as no surprise for those that have been following his recruitment. McLendon has been an FSU lean since early April, when he visited the campus and received an offer. The staff remained in contact and began to ramp up its efforts. McLendon went back for an unofficial visit one day after trimming his college choices down to three schools.

The Seminoles beat out both NC State and Florida for his services. Georgia and Alabama were also in play.

McLendon is the 13th commit of the 2019 FSU class that entered the day 12th in the national rankings, according to the composite rankings and second in the ACC. With the addition of McLendon, the Seminoles move up to No. 8 nationally.

He is the fourth defensive end commit, along with Quashon Fuller, Mike Morris and Derick Hunter. Morris is being recruited for the offensive line while Hunter could find himself at defensive tackle. Florida State remains in the mix for No. 1 overall recruit Kayvon Thibodeaux.

Clint Eiland is the lead writer for The Daily Nole. Follow him on Twitter @ClintEiland

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