Scouting Report: Deshawn McClease

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Today we’ll continue our 2015 scouting reports with tailback Deshawn McClease. As always, let’s start with the preamble.

I’m by no means a professional scout, so these reports are going to be far from perfect.  They are just my honest take on each player, his talent level, where he fits in the program, etc.  I think I’m better at evaluating certain positions than others.  For example, I think I’m much better at evaluating wide receivers, defensive backs and defensive linemen than offensive linemen, so take it all with a grain of salt.

For those of you who keep up with MLB’s Top Prospects, I’ve also included an ETA feature that shows when I think each prospect has a chance to contribute either offensively or defensively (not special teams).  Things that factor into a player’s ETA include talent level, size, strength, and depth at his position.  For example, a defensive end’s ETA might be 2015 or 2016 simply because the Hokies lack depth at that position, whereas a defensive back’s ETA might be 2017 because Tech already has so many bodies in the secondary.

Note that all heights and weights are taken from

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

Deshawn McClease

Height: 5-10
Weight: 185
247Sports: 3-star, #47 RB overall, #23 player in VA
Rivals: 4-star, #32 RB overall, #15 player in VA
ESPN: 3-star, #45 RB overall, #18 player in VA

Oscar Smith High School’s Deshawn McClease picked Virginia Tech over scholarship offers from Maryland, Duke,