5’10 180 lbs
Chesapeake, Virginia (Oscar Smith High School)
247 Sports: 3-Star player. 48th best running back in the country.
Rivals: 3-star player. 52nd best running back in the country.
Scout: 3-star player.
ESPN: 3-star player. 35th best running back in the country.
Although Louisville currently only has 2 commitments for the class of 2015, they are in the mix for a lot of talented players in the class. Some people act like every kid that will commit somewhere has already done so, and that Louisville won’t get anybody. There are plenty of kids out there that are taking their time and checking out schools in the summer and fall. Now with that said…
One of the more explosive playmakers in the 2015 class is Deshawn McClease, a running back out of Chesapeake, Virginia. He is 5’10 and around 180 lbs now, according to McClease himself. He currently has offers from four ACC schools (Louisville, UNC, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest) and plenty of other schools, but who are the ones he is interested in?
“Louisville, Maryland, Virginia Tech, and Indiana,” McClease told CSZ. North Carolina was on that list, but “I have no communication with them. I’m scratching UNC off of that list.” He wants to make official visits to those four schools plus Wake Forest, but the dates are not set yet. The four schools listed are not in order.
When it comes to Louisville, McClease says “I like the fact that they win and are a consistent program. They’re spread (offense) so it won’t be a hard transition. We pretty much run that at Smith (high school) and other formations also. They are the best team that has offered and I like the work Coach Petrino does.”
So we know that he likes Louisville. Is there a school in that top four that would get in the way of the Cards landing him? Well he recently visited Maryland, ironically the school that Louisville will replace in the ACC, and “I loved it,” McClease said of his unofficial visit. “I loved the campus and the coaches were so real and straight forward with me. I met some of the players and they were cool and welcoming. Just the overall vibe was good. I also met with the business professor.” McClease plans to major in Business in college.
When asked about what schools are recruiting him the hardest, he said it is Virginia Tech, Maryland and Indiana. He wishes Louisville would be in contact with him more. “I rarely talk to them, but I love their football program.”
As far as when McClease plans to make a decision on college, he says “I believe September or October.”
We will keep you posted here at CSZ and on twitter @CardSportsZone with anything further in McClease’s recruitment.
Check out this highlight video. His cutbacks are pretty incredible.