McClain's Visit: Through a Dad's Eyes

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 after an official visit to Oklahoma.

In many updates, Sooners Illustrated will follow up with players after an official visit to see what kind of experience they had and some of the highlights. And in most cases, the players families attend the visit with them to give everyone piece of mind about the chosen school.

This past weekend, Cibolo (TX) Steele wide receiver Sheldon McClain and 14 other players were in Oklahoma for their official visits. To give his take, we spoke with the father of the Oklahoma commit.

Here are his thoughts about the overall trip.

"It was a good trip. We got to see first hand what life would be like for a student-athlete at Oklahoma," Luther McClain said. "Everything went well and I can't wait for Sheldon to report in January."

The 6-foot-3, 180-pound McClain was the Sooners' ninth pledge for the 2010 class. Back when that was all taking place, Luther wanted to make sure that this was what his son really wanted. 

Because there is a character trait Luther wants to make sure his son uses.

"When Sheldon gave his commitment, I told him to make sure that this was what he really wanted. For a man to give a commitment is to keep his word," Luther McClain said. "This past weekend gave us the opportunity to strengthen that word. I feel better knowing that he will be in good hands while he is at Oklahoma."

And from the father of the Steele athlete, everything seemed to check out. Academics, athletics and just the overall atmosphere of the campus itself were all good. 

But one thing that the McClain family got to take in first hand was the coaching staff as a whole. For Luther, this was a major step towards feeling secure with his son going to Oklahoma. He enjoyed all of the Sooner coaches, but spoke on coach Bob Stoops in particular.

"He (Stoops) comes off as a man who is sincerely interested in his players. Not just as a player though, in the overall development of Sheldon," Luther McClain said. .

"I know my son is in good hands because everything feels like a family."

This past season, Sheldon suffered a torn ACL and had surgery done. Now, months later, full recovery is not far away as the Steel athlete gets ready for enrollment on the Oklahoma campus. 

So when will he be ready to play ball again?

"We talked to the doctors recently and they have said that Sheldon is 4-6 weeks ahead of schedule in his recovery," Luther McClain said. "I'm sure that the Oklahoma doctors will likely evaluate Sheldon once he gets up there, but with what the doctors said he may be able to do something during spring football. Probably not full contact, but could move around. 

"I know that Sheldon wants to play now, but I would have a little more piece of mind if he did not push it and red shirted. Not only will that give more time to heal, but would also get him going on the school end, which is the main reason he is there. Because, I would love for him to go pro in more than one thing."

Luther said that Sheldon has mentioned that he would like to major in Pre-Med as he will be in Norman in early January.

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