Proud dad, NFL veteran and skills trainer J.J. McCleskey was the offensive coordinator this week for the Blue-Gray High School All-American Game played Thursday at AT&T Cowboys Stadium. He had a chance to see up close two of Oklahoma State's commitments in the 2017 recruiting class in safety Kris McCune of Dallas Christian Academy and kicker/punter Jake McClure of East Hamilton High School in Tennessee.
J.J. McCleskey, the father of current Cowboys slot receiver Jalen McCleskey, said Mike Gundy and his staff got two good ones.
"McCune was the Defensive MVP in the game," McCleskey said as the West team won a close battle 27-24 with the East. "I don't think he gave up a single pass and had several break-ups. He was making open field tackles all over the field. He is very physical."
McCleskey may have even been more impressed with McClure.
"One of my best friends, my college roommate has a site that covers Tennessee high school football and he didn't know about him," McCleskey said. "He's doing a story on him today. This kid came in as a punter this week but he has a big frame and an NFL leg. I'm not kidding, he averaged 55 yards a punt in the game, I think. He can kick off, kick 69-yard field goals, and when he punts you hear a thud."
McCleskey said a lot of his observation on both came in practice. He said McCune is mature for his age and he has a body that will allow him to compete and play early. He also said both players are Gundy-type players, humble and work hard.
"In practice I was sending the best receivers at McCune and I was calling plays," McCleskey explained. "I bet all week he defended 85 percent of the plays at him. I've told Coach (Tim) Duffie he's got a good one coming. I know Arizona State and UCLA are going to offer him this week, but he is solid to OSU."
Again, McCleskey said McClure is ready made to jump in. "He is special and at worst should be a four-star kicker," he added. "His hang time is amazing and he just kicks so strong."
McCleskey said he was wearing an OSU shirt in the lobby and Jake McClure's mother spotted him and said, "Go Pokes." Another great sign as it seems everything else was with these two this week.