UCHS football players Cox, McClellon get their chances to move on
BY CLIFF SMELLEY
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.