Aledo, Texas running back Jase McClellan is good…really good. So good in fact that on the eve of college football’s early signing period he’s sitting on 22 scholarship offers, with nearly all of them coming from Blue-Blood programs.
The 5-11/202 prep star has been committed to the University of Oklahoma since July of 2017 but until his Letter of Intent arrives in Norman he’s very much in-play to be recruited elsewhere. That’s exactly what is happening as Alabama is making a very strong push at the twelfth hour and it seems to be working.
According to multiple reports, McClellan has already flipped his commit from Oklahoma to Alabama. While I don’t believe that to be true, I also cannot deny that it is a legitimate possibility. We’ll know for sure here in a few hours but, for now, here’s why it doesn’t make sense to me.
A Three Year Relationship
McClellan committed to Oklahoma on July 29, 2017. However, the relationship with him began in March of 2017 when he was offered while making an unofficial visit on the 25th of that month. The Sooners were the fifth school to offer McClellan, coming in just behind SMU, Baylor, Georgia, and TCU.
That’s a lot of history to throw away if he should flip to Bama. He’s been back on campus at Oklahoma three times since then and has had at least one in-home visit with OU coaches.
The Icon vs. The Up-And-Comer
Nick Saban is a stalwart in the world of college football. When he calls you answer the phone, regardless of who you are currently committed to. However, Lincoln Riley is in the 2019 College Football Playoff and Nick Saban isn’t.
Now don’t misconstrue what I’m saying here. Saban isn’t going anywhere until he decides to retire (at 68 years of age that’s a conversation that will happen sooner rather than later). As long as he’s roaming the sideline the Tide will be a factor in the national title hunt.
That said, Lincoln Riley is managing a dynasty of his own in Norman and now that the Sooners seem to have the defense figured out you’d be a fool not to think titles aren’t a possibility at Oklahoma now and McClellan has a golden opportunity to be at the forefront of that.
McClellan isn’t the only 4-star running back committed to the Sooners in 2020. Seth McGowan (Mesquite, TX) is a 5-11/215 back who is sitting on 27 scholarships of his own. While McClellan is still very much weighing his options, McGowan is locked in on coming to Oklahoma. There had been a lot of talk about the two wanting to play together. Nearly as common as Heisman winners in Lincoln Riley’s offense has been one thousand yard rushers. This is a situation where the sky could be the limit for these two.
This is the biggest decision that Jase McClellan has made in his life. Clearly every Oklahoma fan wants to see him in Norman but there should be a stronger desire to see him at a place that best fits him. I believe that place to be OU, but if it turns out to be Tuscaloosa then we have no choice to wish him nothing but the best.
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