FSU Lands Arkansas Transfer Jarques McClellion

Florida State was aggressive in its pursuit of recent Arkansas transfer Jarques McClellion. After a quick courtship, the multi-year starter announced Sunday afternoon that he was transferring to FSU. We spoke to him about his decision to come back home to Florida to complete his college career.

Former Arkansas two-year starting cornerback Jarques McClellion was thinking about testing the NFL waters after this season. At the same time, he wanted to follow through on a promise to his mother, and himself, to graduate with his degree. With that in mind McClellion, a 2017 signee from American Heritage in Delray Beach, decided he wanted to find somewhere close to home to finish his degree and opted out of the season in October.

“Going to the NFL is a big decision and it has always been my dream,” said McClellion. “I want to graduate and get my degree like I told my mom I would. I’ve wanted to be closer to home. My mom was in the hospital this past year and I just wanted to be closer to my family. I was quarantined twice this year and couldn’t see anyone. I told my mom I was going to transfer and be closer to home to be there in case something happened.”

FSU was the first school to reach out to Jarques once he hit the portal. According to him, the decision to become a Seminole was an easy one once the coaches made it known they had a spot for him.

“I’m at a loss for words right now,” said McClellion. “As soon as I hit the portal Coach Norvell called me and my family and told me they had a spot for me at home. Once I heard that, and how he is about family, I knew. I’ve always wanted to be a Seminole and have always been a fan. I’ve been to and have seen the campus. I am in love with it. I know Tallahassee well. It’s just the perfect fit.”

“Coach Norvell wants me to come in and be a lockdown corner for them,” continued McClellion. “I am going to go in there and play my hardest for him. I’ve been through the rebuild process at Arkansas and know what it takes. I am hungry and eager, and I have that swag and confidence. As players, we show our coaches how much we love them by how hard we play. I am going to let my play show them that.”

McClellion is a 6’, 190 pound corner that feels he is just what the doctor ordered for FSU.

“I am that corner that will come in and shut down a wide receiver,” said McClellion. “I’m coming to FSU, which is the DBU. My work ethic is going to be ridiculous. If I work hard on that stage I can win the Thorpe award. You can do what you put your mind to. I am just so excited. I’ll be enrolling in January.”

One of the things that caught Jarques’ attention was the signing of UCF transfer McKenzie Milton. He thinks that the addition is going to make a major impact on the offense, and he plans on doing the same for the Seminole defense.

“I saw he entered the portal and was like ‘WOW’”, said McClellion. “He has a dog mentality. He brought UCF to what they are now, and he can do more at FSU. It’s going to be fun seeing what he can do with those receivers and backs. He has that confidence to be the guy, and I want to show that I can be that guy for the defense, and that together we can do something at FSU.”

McClellion has two years left to play at FSU. He has some plans on what is going to happen while he is in a Nole uniform. 

“I want the fans to know that they can expect me to come in and be a lockdown corner,” said McClellion. “I am going to give FSU everything I have, every day. I am going to push myself, and we are going to push each other as a team. DBU is back, and we are going to get FSU back to where we belong which is playing for the National Title. I want to come in and be a leader for this team like Coach Norvell wants. We can do anything we put our minds to.”

Jarques played in all twelve games in 2018, starting nine of them. As a redshirt sophomore, he played in twelve games, starting eleven. He had 59 tackles, 11 pass break-ups, and an interception as a Razorback.

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