DELRAY BEACH – After the tabulation of all the votes, and some heated discussions, Jarques McClellion is the recipient of our Brandon Flowers Defensive Player of the Year award.
McClellion proved to be a stellar athlete on both sides of the football for American Heritage. But the Arkansas signee really excelled on defense.
While playing in only 9 games, McClellion had 9 pass breakups, 1 interception, and no catches allowed, as opposing teams rarely challenged him in the process. He also demonstrated his athletic ability on offense with 839 receiving yards (1,080 all-purpose yards), 25.4 yards per catch, and 8 touchdowns.
McClellion was selected to play in the Blue-Grey All-American Game at Everbank Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla. on Saturday, Jan. 14. He allowed zero catches as a defensive back in the game.
“The All-Star Game in Jacksonville was a really great experience,” McClellion said. “I always tell my mom every time when I go play somewhere else, there is no talent compared to South Florida football. I represented South Florida and made sure what I did during the season did not change at all. No catches.”
McClellion expressed his thoughts about the Brandon Flowers Defensive Player of the Year award, and what the award means to him.
“It’s a blessing you know,” he said. “I thank God for everything he has done for me, both good and bad. With all the contenders we had, any of us would have been honored to fill this spot. And it’s just something I always dreamed about.”
McClellion reflected on two special former teammates who are no longer with us.
“This honor means a lot to me sentimentally,” he said. “This award is for GB4 (Greg Bryant Jr.) and Tito (Tito Hamilton). I did this for them and for all my angels in the sky. It means so much because in Delray, it’s a competition in everything we do, even if it’s racing or playing straight cards. I was hungry for it this season, and God answered my prayer. This is what I asked for.”
McClellion verbally committed to play football at the Arkansas during his junior season. He made good on that commitment Wednesday (Feb. 1), as he signed his official letter of intent to attend the SEC school.
“I’m just so thankful and humbled for this opportunity to play at Arkansas,” he said. “I would like to thank God first because all my athletic ability comes from Him. I would also like to thank my parents, all my coaches and everyone who helped me to become the person I am today.”