Deshawn McClease showed flashes of his potential his freshman year in 2011, when he started two games for eventual Group AAA, Division 6 state champion Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, VA). He broke a 54-yard touchdown run in the state title win over Centreville, providing a glimpse of his speed and big-play ability.
McClease, who now stands in the 5’9″/5’10” range and weighs 170 pounds, became the Tigers starting tailback as a sophomore in 2012.
“Last year I finished with over a thousand yards. This year I want two-thousand. Those are the goals for myself. Team-wise, I’m going to try to lead the team to a state championship,” said McClease, who scored 15 touchdowns his sophomore season. He earned Group AAA second-team all-Eastern Region honors for his play.
After being called up from the junior varsity four games into his freshman season, McClease teamed with current Virginia Tech rising sophomore tailback J.C. Coleman in Oscar Smith’s backfield. Given the fact that the two players are roughly the same height and build, it’s no surprise that there have been comparisons.
“We’re both speed backs,” McClease said. “I feel like JC has a little more moves. I’m more of a north/south-type.”
Barring injury, both Coleman and McClease will play major FBS football. McClease, who has dreamed of playing major college football since age of six, earned his first scholarship offer in the 2013 Spring Evaluation Period.
“Aw man. My heart was pounding,” McClease said, recalling the day he learned he had received his first scholarship offer. “My coach (Rich Morgan) told me during lunch at school. I thought...
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