"It was a great experience," said Deshawn McClease. "Wake Forest is a nice school. I enjoyed talking to Coach Grobe and all of the coaches. Coach Mitchell told me how much he liked me. He said if it was up to him he'd offer me right now, but NCAA rules don't allow colleges to recruit players until their junior year. I thought I did well. We worked on wheel routes, playing in the flats, working the angles, and finding the seams. I ran a 4.47 forty and a 1.18 in the standing long jump. Coach Mitchell asked me to keep in touch."
It was tough to keep McClease out of the rotation even when Coleman, who signed with Virginia Tech in February, returned to action. In the Virginia AAA Division 6 state championship game the Smith Tigers were up big against Centreville and Coleman needed a breather. McClease came into the game, took the hand-off, and popped outside for a 54-yard scamper for a touchdown that put the game on ice.
"I played four games on JV before they called me up to varsity," he explained. "It was a pretty good freshman year. I started two games and scored a touchdown at state. My best game was probably against Deep Creek when I ran for 120 yards. We've already started practice because we have a game with Byrnes out of South Carolina that's going to be on ESPN. I'm going to share carries with Marcus (Smith) who's going to be a senior this year."
McClease said Smith teammates Kanyia Anderson, Darren Flowers, Marquise Cook, Monty Fenner, Melvin Vaughn, Deshawn Blow, and Marcus Smith were all at the Wake Forest camp. Before school begins, he plans one attending one more camp at UVA. After football, McClease competed in track five events: the 100, 200, 400, 4 by 1, and the long jump. He'll wear No. 22 this season for the Tigers.