We've written a lot recently here on Go Pokes about the Oklahoma State Cowboys kicker/punter commitment Jake McClure of East Hamilton High School in Tennessee. McClure was also part of the huge official visit weekend the past several days in Stillwater.
The 6-3, 195-pound McClure has gained a lot of attention from his senior season, and an outstanding week of practice and a 55-yard average performance in punting in the Blue-Gray High School All-Star Game just before Christmas in Arlington at AT&T Cowboys Stadium.
"It was amazing," McClure said of the visit weekend at Oklahoma State. "It really was excellent and I experienced a lot more than I did when I was on that unofficial visit back in November. Coach (Mike) Gundy kind of took all of us under his wing and made sure we had a great weekend. You can tell what a great leader he is for the program."
McClure is serious about coming in and contributing early as the Cowboys lose veteran kicker and all-time leading scorer Ben Grogan.
"I sat down a lot with Coach (Steve) Hauser, our special teams coordinator, and he went over a lot of what will be expected of me," McClure said. "We talked about a lot of stuff and what he wants me working on. Then I talked with Coach (Rob) Glass and he can't tell me how to work out or what to do until I sign, but we did go over a lot of basics. I know that is going to be a big help when I can get his advice.
"Today (Sunday), I sat down with Coach Gundy and he told me he really wants me working on kicking (field goals) and kickoffs because those are things I did in high school that might be able to help out when I get here because the kicker (Grogan) graduated."
McClure sounded like he and his family made the right decision.
"I really loved it there and I'm looking forward to being back," he added. "My mom was there before and she was back but this was the first time my dad had been there and they were very impressed."