McClease Not Rushing College Decision

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Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, VA) rising senior Deshawn McClease admits he has considered going ahead and making his college choice, but at this point he is content to continue to go through the recruiting process.

McClease at a Virginia Tech home game in the fall of 2013.
McClease at a Virginia Tech home game in the fall of 2013.

“I thought about [committing], but then I thought I better wait it out and get the whole feel of the recruiting process,” said Oscar Smith’s 5’9”, 175-pound starting tailback, who rushed for 1,558 yards and 28 touchdowns as a junior in the 2013 season. “I don’t want to cheat myself.”

Charlotte, Indiana, North Carolina, Old Dominion, Temple, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest have offered McClease, who hopes to earn offers from NC State and West Virginia while camping at those schools this summer. Auburn and Michigan State are also expressing interest, McClease said.

“My plan is to get to West Virginia and North Carolina State. Those are they only two I know for sure I will be going to,” the promising running back prospect answered when asked which schools, if any, he would camp at this year.

Virginia Tech has been in hot pursuit of the Tigers standout for quite some time. Have the Tech coaches tried to push for a commitment?

“They are kind of pushing it, but not too strong. I’m just keeping it open for the most part,” McClease said.

Virginia Tech, McClease says, is “pretty cool. I’ve gotten to meet the whole coaching staff, the other players, and of course I’ve got a relationship with [former Oscar Smith standout JC Coleman] and other players from the 757. I’m pretty comfortable there, but I’m still keeping things open.”

Traditional power Oscar Smith enjoyed an undefeated 2013 campaign before falling to Centreville in the 6A state championship game. McClease, one of the team’s top returning players and leaders, is anxious to help the Tigers make another title run.

“It’s a big chip on our shoulder,