Update on commit McClain and his recovery

Recruiting coverage at Sooner Illustrated is still going as we look to bring fans the latest in Oklahoma recruiting news. Today, we spoke with the father of Oklahoma commit Sheldon McClain from Cibolo Steele in Texas.

One of Oklahoma's early commitments has learned to deal with a little adversity. Actually it's a quite a bit more than just a little as Cibolo (TX) Steele wide receiver Sheldon McClain will miss his entire senior season due to injury.

But the 6-foot-3, 180-pound McClain is optimistic when it comes to the goodness that lies ahead. Sooners Illustrated caught up with his father Luther to see how things are.

"Everything is going well for Sheldon. We had the surgery recently and he started doing his rehab last Friday," Luther said. "Everybody is optimistic that he will make a 100 percent recovery. He is on the fast track with his rehab."

The injury itself occurred during Steele's second game of the season against San Antonio Stevens. McClain took a 2-yard pass and gained several yards after that.

It was the end of the run when everything happened.

"He (Sheldon) took a 2-yard pass and turned it into 15 yards. When he got tackled one player high low and the other high," Luther said. 

Soon after the game, McClain was taken in to get some X-rays. At first sight, it didn't appear to be anything serious, considering trying to play for the next game.

I the following line up, McClain just was "feeling comfortable" according to Luther so he immediately made the appointment to have an MRI.

"When we went to get the MRI, it revealed that the ACL was torn," Luther said. "We got the surgery done and now Sheldon is optimistic and looking forward to spring ball at Oklahoma."

McClain is set to be an early graduate from Steele, meaning he will be in Norman, OK for January. For Sheldon, the goal is to be ready for spring training when that happens at Oklahoma.

But for Luther, he thinks that that may be a little too fast.

"His (Sheldon) goal is he wants to be 100 percent for spring ball. I don't think that the coaches will let him go through contact that early," Luther said. "The trainer at his high school is keeping a close eye on his rehab and he has been keeping the Oklahoma trainer, Scott Anderson, in the loop as well."

And while Luther said that Anderson has been informed, the same goes for the Sooner coaching staff. During his recruitment, assistant coach Jay Norvell was McClain's contact.

For Luther, the Oklahoma coaching staff has proven to him that Sheldon is in the right place.

"Sheldon and myself, we keep in touch with coach Norvell. He has assured us that Sheldon's scholarship in still there," Luther said. "That means a lot and the coaching staff has been so supportive. I cannot say enough great things about them."

So as the coaching staff stays true to their word, the McClain's are sticking to theirs as well.

"Sheldon is solid and looks forward to getting up there (Norman) and playing," Luther said. "I like the fact that he gets the chance to play football and get a great education. For football, the coaches use like 4-5 receivers. I think Sheldon will fit in well in the offense. 

"It's just a good fit for him and I am happy with this choice to go to Oklahoma."


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