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Recruiting Update: Alabama Flips Four-Star Running Back from the Sooners

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Former Oklahoma commit will be joining Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide.

Jase McClellan committed to Oklahoma way back in July of 2017. It looked like things would stay that way up until the high 4-star running back took an official visit to Tuscaloosa in November. Today the Aledo, TX native gave his pledge to sign with Alabama.

Seeing Derrick Henry and Mark Ingram selected to the Pro Bowl, Josh Jacobs a leading candidate for Rookie of the year, and Kenyan Drake racking up four touchdowns in a game surely caught the young man’s eye.

McClellan stands 5’10.5” and weighs 202 lbs. 247sports composite rankings lists him as the nation’s 43rd best overall player. he has been clocked at 4.55 in the 40, 10.9 in 100 meters, and has a vertical leap of 39.6.

247 evaluation:

Owns close to prototypical measurables for a high-major running back prospect. Adequate height, but built solidly top and bottom with just enough frame space to likely get to the 215- to 220-pound range. A bit frame-limited, but already in the 200-plus-pound range. Enormous production for Texas Class 5A D-II power. High-volume back who can carry the load. Light-footed in the hole with impressive initial burst. Unique in his ability as a smooth runner who also finishes runs with strength. Dangerous one-cut slasher. Also possesses balance and strength to maximize yards after contact. Runs with good balance and leverage. Will enter college with a lot of mileage on the tires. Tests well (4.57 40 verified), but can improve top-end play speed. Occasionally tracked down on longer runs. Capable pass-catcher, but has not been asked to catch the ball out of the backfield much. Five fumbles during sophomore and junior seasons. Reliable go-to back with three-down ability who could star at the Power 5 level and develop into an early-round NFL Draft prospect.

McClellan joins a crazy talented backfield that returns Brian Robinson, Trey Sanders, Keilan Robinson, Jerome Ford and fellow incoming freshmen Roydell Williams and Kyle Edwards.

Karl Scott and Charles Huff are credited with this recruit.