We had hoped to catch up with both Cowboys safety commitment Kris McCune from Dallas Christian Academy and kicker pledge Jake McClure after hearing the sensational experience the pair had in a winning effort in the Blue-Gray High School All-American Game on Thursday at AT&T Stadium in Dallas.
It's been tough with the holidays to catch up with a lot of prospects as they are celebrating Christmas with families. We never reached McCune but got a lot more of the same message we heard from the West offensive coordinator and Cowboys parent J.J. McCleskey when we spoke with McClure. McCleskey, by the way, is an NFL veteran with the New Orleans Saints and the Arizona Cardinals and is the father of current Oklahoma State slot receiver Jalen McCleskey.
He had said that McCune was the best defensive back the entire week and he was the Defensive MVP in the game, which the West won 27-24. He also called McClure a four-star kicker at worst and said he had an NFL leg right now.
"I have to agree with Coach McCleskey, it was a great experience," McClure said of the Blue-Gray game and week. "It was awesome. I wanted to put on pads and play in high school one last time and I will never forget that game. I asked my parents if I could go play in the game and they said yes. It was a lot of fun. I didn't do it for recruiting purposes. I have my scholarship and I'm going to Oklahoma State. I wanted the experience."
The 6-4 McClure is from Ooltewah, Tenn., and East Hamilton High School and while he has won honors in Tennessee like Player of the Week and All-State, he has been under recognized. Oklahoma State found him and wasted no time in offering him when he visited unofficially with his mother for the Texas Tech game in early November.
At the Blue-Gray game he only punted and McCleskey said he thought he punted for a 55-yard average, but all week he kicked field goals and kickoffs along with punting.
"Yes, I got to work with (former NFL kicker) Luis Zendejas and he was great," McClure said. "His son was our kicker, so I punted, and yes, I was probably close to a 55-yard average. I know I'm coming to Oklahoma State to kick and I will be ready for that."
McClure, who is back home in Tennessee for Christmas, said he did get a message from Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy congratulating him on his efforts in the Blue-Gray game.