Q&A: Virginia Tech Incoming Freshman RB Deshawn McClease

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Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, VA) has established itself as one of the state of Virginia’s top high school football programs. Virginia Tech has enjoyed success in recruiting the school, most recently landing tailback Deshawn McClease, who will become a high school graduate in June and enroll at Virginia Tech in July.

McClease rushed for over 2,000 yards and 29 touchdowns his senior season, earning 6A first-team all-state honors for his performance. In three seasons on the Oscar Smith varsity level, the 5’10”, 185-pound prospect rushed for 5,025 yards and totaled 82 touchdowns. He chose Virginia Tech over offers from Louisville, Maryland and North Carolina, among others.

McClease joins a talented tailback group that includes another former Oscar Smith standout in senior JC Coleman as well as junior Trey Edmunds, sophomore Marshawn Williams, red-shirt freshmen Travon McMillian and DJ Reid, and possibly sophomore Shai McKenzie, who remains suspended indefinitely. Both McKenzie and Williams are recovering from knee surgery after suffering ACL injuries last season.

The Chesapeake native took some time to discuss his future at Virginia Tech, the Virginia Tech program, Josh Sweat and much more in this “Recruiting Q&A.”

McClease at a Virginia Tech home game in the fall of 2013.
McClease at a Virginia Tech home game in the fall of 2013.
TechSideline: Your college career is approaching fast. Are you ready? Feeling good?

DESHAWN MCCLEASE: “Everything hasn’t hit me yet. I’m excited, but it hasn’t really hit me yet.”

TechSideline: Is your family anxious/excited about you heading off to Blacksburg soon?

DESHAWN MCCLEASE: “I think they are more excited than I am (laughs). I guess I have a different mindset because I’ve had a lot of training going on. I actually have a personal trainer.”

TechSideline: How is your offseason