Billy McClellan became the second Kansas State commitment of the October 5-7 weekend in Manhattan selecting the Wildcats over “Wyoming and San Jose State.”
“I committed to K-State for a lot of reasons I guess,” McClellan told KStateFans.com before adding, “It was (KSU secondary) Coach Burns, the atmosphere in Manhattan, the fans, in particular the fan support, you know, the type of respect you get from K-State fans is awesome.”
Coaches assigned to woo the 3-star prospect from Wilmington, Californina are as follows: Kansas State secondary coach Greg Burns, San Jose State recruiting coordinator and Wyoming recruiting coordinator/wide receiver coach Ron Wizniewski. But it was Coach Burns winning the 5-8.5/163-pound corner with a 34-inch vertical and 4.5-forty speed.
“Coach Burns showed a lot of interest in me,” McClellan sharing pertinent recruiting information said. “He was the first coach to jump on me, the first to show me interest. He really showed me how much he wanted me, saying he had big plans for me.”
In the end, however, it was a meeting with head man Ron Prince sealing the deal…
“When I met with Coach Prince Sunday morning he asked me 'what my next step was,'” McClellan revealed before adding “'How soon did I want to make my decision?'
"As I thought about what he was asking me I was really thinking that K-State was where I really wanted to go.
"Coach Prince then said, ‘Well, we’ve got an offer on the table for you right now and did I consider Manhattan home?'
“The more I thought about it, the more I felt like I could not pass up the opportunity to play for K-State, a place I told Coach Prince I did (in fact) consider home.”
What the Cats will be getting is a seasoned JUCO cornerback with three years to play two. Even better, KSU has the luxury of getting the JC DB this spring, which similar to Phillip Garica, will count towards last year’s recruiting class numbers. Not to mention gives McClellan a full spring, summer, and August training camp to learn the system where if he can pick up the system quick enough could make an instant impact.
Let’s take a look at his true freshman numbers at LA Harbour as well as his updated true sophomore stat package thus far in the 2007 season below…
Freshman Season Stat Package: “46 tackles, 2 INTs, 11 PBUs.”
Sophomore Season Stat Package: “(In just 5 games) I already have about 25 tackles, I INT, 7 PBUs, 1 FF.”
More Numbers/Notes to Consider…
Weight Room Numbers: “Bench: 255; Squat: 225 x 30 reps; Power Clean: 235.”
McClellan on his CB style of play (i.e. finesse, man-to-man, or physical bump ‘n’ run and physical in run support, or more of a zone CB): “I consider myself balanced, an all-around cornerback who can come up in run support and make the tackles, man-to-man cover and good at zone coverage. Whatever, you name it, I can do it.”
We’ve got a little bit more to write up on McClellan and will be bringing that to you shortly. That said, another great pick up, filling a need, Prince/Burns and Co. continue to impress!