Jase McClellan is the highest-ranked player in Oklahoma’s 2020 recruiting class. He is also the longest-tenured pledge.
McClellan committed back in July 2017, almost two full years ago. No other current 2020 Sooners commit gave his pledge before this February.
While a lengthy commitment like that would seem to be pretty solid, McClellan hasn’t shut down his recruitment. Some major programs are still sniffing around.
Most notably, the Texas Longhorns are still in the ear of McClellan, the No. 3 player in the state.
Five-star running back Jase McClellan had some pretty nice things to say about Texas, the program that will be his biggest rival if he signs with Oklahoma.
He spoke to SB Nation’s Texas site Burnt Orange Nation about a recent visit to the Longhorns, while at The Opening Final.
“It was a good experience,” McClellan told Burnt Orange Nation’s Joe Hamilton at The Opening of his Texas visit. “Sat down with the coaches, see them outside of football as a person.”
“It’s right next to home,” McClellan said of why he still has interest in Texas. “My family likes the school. It’s a great place.”
McClellan visited Texas on June 14. A week later, he was in Tuscaloosa to check out the Alabama Crimson Tide. Nick Saban is selling him on the Alabama running back pipeline to the NFL.
“He was just filling me in, telling me that was the place I can develop myself for three years, and that he can see me getting some playing time there,” McClellan said of Saban’s message.
“Every year they put running backs in the league and get freshmen playing time,” McClellan said of why he could see himself at Bama. “You’re playing with the best there, getting you developed.”
He went on to say Alabama has a “good chance” of ultimately landing him, and that he plans to take an official visit for the LSU game.
Back in May, McClellan told the Austin American-Statesman that he is also still listening to Georgia and LSU in his recruitment, but there’s been less action with those two. Both are recruiting powers with great running back history, so they can’t be counted out either.
In the 247 interview, he does say he considers himself solid to Oklahoma.
“I’m a solid commit with them, but I’m just exploring my other options I have,” he said of OU. “I’m just going to schools I’m most interested in and seeing where I can best fit, seeing where I can play.”
The visits and attention from the likes of Alabama, Georgia, LSU, and Texas should be enough to have Oklahoma fans at least a bit nervous though.