The Oklahoman’s Super 30: Chris McClellan looking forward to new challenge at Owasso

OWASSO — Chris McClellan wanted more.

He wanted more access to a weight-training program that would help him get ready for college more quickly. He wanted to compete at the highest level of high school football in the state. He wanted to push himself to places he had never been.

McClellan, who is No. 3 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 rankings of the state’s top high school football recruits in the 2022 class, had made a name for himself the past three seasons at Tulsa Edison, but he craved more. That’s why he moved to Owasso in January, setting himself up to be a star for the Rams this fall.

“Getting to work with coach (Bill) Blankenship and simulating what it was going to be like in a college program was really big to me,” McClellan said. 

Tulsa Edison was a great program that had produced star athletes even recently, including Sevion Morrison, but McClellan and his family thought a change of scenery would be best for his senior year. 

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He has offers from Alabama, Florida, Ohio State, OU, OSU, Texas and Southern California, among numerous others.

And it’s easy to see why the top schools in the country are recruiting McClellan. It’s a combination of his size and athleticism. 

Owasso's Chris McClellan had offers from Alabama, Ohio State, OU, OSU, Texas and Southern California before signing with Florida.

At 6-foot-4 and 290 pounds, McClellan’s frame is that of a top-end Division-I prospect. His athleticism at that size is what makes college coaches drool. 

McClellan often joins Owasso during its 7-on-7 sessions just to play tight end. He moves like a wide receiver or defensive back, but he’s one of the strongest players in the weight room.

“He checks all the boxes,” Blankenship said. “When it comes to defensive linemen, players like him are hard to find.”

McClellan can play inside or outside, using his skills to succeed wherever he lines up.

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He was regarded as one of the top prospects in the state when he moved to Owasso, but more and more colleges took notice of him during various camps this spring. McClellan was often dominating every rep during those camps and came away with numerous top performers awards while shooting up rankings lists.

“He thinks he’s a tight end,” Blankenship said. “It’s highly unusual to see a guy that light on his feet who’s as big as he is.”

McClellan was receiving at least an offer a week well into June when he could start visiting different colleges.

There’s no timeline on McClellan’s decision. He wants to take his time and make sure he’s making a decision that’s best for his future, but McClellan does plan on signing during the December period. 

For now, he’s focused on trying to help Owasso get back on top of Class 6A-I. McClellan knows it’s going to be a challenge playing for the Rams and facing top competition nearly every week.

It’s a challenge he’s embracing because that’s what he wants.

McClellan said he knew from a young age that he was going to be talented, but he also realizes now is no time to get complacent.

“Everyone has always told me I was going to be that guy,” McClellan said. “I’m just going to continue working hard and be myself. I’ve never tried to be anything I wasn’t. My time may have come later than some other people, but I’m just going to shine."

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The Oklahoman’s 2022 Super 30

Name: Chris McClellan | School: Owasso

Super 30 ranking: No. 3

Height: 6-foot-4 | Weight: 290 pounds

Position: Defensive lineman

Recruited by: Alabama, Florida, Ohio State, OU, OSU, Texas, Southern California

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About the series

The Oklahoman’s Super 30 feature series will spotlight each high school football player on the Super 30 recruit rankings for the 2022 class. The series continued Saturday with No. 3, Owasso’s Chris McClellan. See Nos. 1 and 2 on the list in Sunday’s editions of The Oklahoman. Here are the last five players we’ve featured: 

No. 7: Robert Spears-Jennings, WR/DB, Broken Arrow

No. 6: Jayden Rowe, DB, Tulsa Union

No. 5: Maurion Horn, WR/DB, Broken Arrow

No. 4: Jacob Sexton, OL, Deer Creek

No. 3: Chris McClellan, DL, Owasso

Cameron Jourdan covers high school sports across the Oklahoma City metro and state. Have a story idea for Cameron? He can be reached at cjourdan@oklahoman.com or on Twitter at @Cam_Jourdan. Support Cameron’s work and that of other Oklahoman journalists by purchasing a digital subscription today at subscribe.oklahoman.com or by using the link at the top of this page.