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UCHS football players Cox, McClellon get their chances to move on

Union County High School’s National Signing Day participants: Alden McClellon (left) and Caleb Cox.

Union County High School’s National Signing Day participants: Alden McClellon (left) and Caleb Cox.


BY CLIFF SMELLEY

Staff Writer

Union County High School senior football players Caleb Cox and Alden McClellon made their dreams come true on Feb. 4, participating in scholarship-signing ceremonies on National Signing Day.

“It’s what we’ve been talking about all four years in high school,” said McClellon, who signed with North Carolina Central University.

The Telegraph-Times-Monitor hasn’t been able to catch up with Cox yet, but the quarterback, who is going to Savannah State University, told the Gainesville Sun, “This has been a dream of mine—to play college football—since I was a little kid. I’m happy because I get to further my career and obtain a degree in physical therapy.”

McClellon has played multiple positions on defense for UCHS, but said he will be going to NCCU to play strong safety.

He is also joining cousin Jack Reed, a North Marion High School player who also signed with NCCU.

“I get to go with not just one of my best friends, but my cousin. I’m going to be able to share that experience with my family,” McClellon said, adding, “I’m ready to go out there and see what college football has to offer.”

Union head coach Ronny Pruitt said your average college player doesn’t see the field much his first year unless he makes a mark as role player or on special teams. He doesn’t view Cox and McClellon as average.

“I don’t see either one of them, with the talents that they bring, staying on the sideline for very long,” Pruitt said.

Alden McClellon (third from left) signs his letter of intent. He is joined by (l-r) Union head coach Ronny Pruitt and family members Sherron and Al McClellon Sr. (his parents), Johnell Gainey and Allan McClellon.

Alden McClellon (third from left) signs his letter of intent. He is joined by (l-r) Union head coach Ronny Pruitt and family members Sherron and Al McClellon Sr. (his parents), Johnell Gainey and Allan McClellon.

Caleb Cox (second from left) signs his paperwork with his family seated around him: parents Wayne and Dawn and brothers Caden and Cash. Union head coach Ronny Pruitt also looks on.

Caleb Cox (second from left) signs his paperwork with his family seated around him: parents Wayne and Dawn and brothers Caden and Cash. Union head coach Ronny Pruitt also looks on.

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