The Nation's Best Receiver?

<b>Julius McClellan</b> of Coahoma CC has a chance to be the top junior college receiver in the country this year and one of the top prospects overall regardless of position. I caught up with the speedy receiver last night, and he spoke briefly about his future.

Anyone that has followed my work for the past few years knows that I am not a big fan of the recruitment of junior colleges. It seems like even the best players take at least a full year to adapt to the new system, and by the time a team gets them playing the way they need them to, they're gone. Then they get to the pros where they can work football 60 hours a week, and they become stars. When I formulate my recruiting rankings in the fall, I take into account that a player gets only two years to compete instead of four.

Why am I bringing this up now?

Because all of that can go out the window with Coahoma wide receiver Julius McClellan. With the NFL draft coming up this weekend, we're going to hear "Best Available Athlete" ad-nauseum, but that's the case with McClellan. He is the type of talent at 6-4 and 225+ pounds and 4.45 sped that a team takes regardless of need, regardless of philosophy dealing with junior colleges. If a team can sign Julius McCellan... they sign him.

McClellan is originally from Lakeland, Fla., and he spent last year at Coahoma Community College hauling in 48 catches for 1,297 yards and 14 touchdowns. He was a man among men at a very high level of competition, and he looks ready to compete at a very high level of Division 1 ball right now. Several schools have already taken notice and came to watch him in action yesterday.

"We had our spring game this afternoon," said McClellan when I spoke with him last night. "Florida, Alabama, and Tennessee were at the game today. Miami and Florida State have already come through. I didn't sign with anyone out of high school, so I'm pretty much looking at everyone."

When asked who he would take his five visits with right now if he had to, McClellan answered "I like Ole Miss, Miami, Florida State, USC, and Texas. I'm going to be here this summer taking some classes so I can graduate in December and enroll early next year."

McClellan doesn't have any formal scholarship offers yet, which isn't surprising until he gets a little closer to graduation and his academic statues becomes perfectly clear. But just wait. Once he comes out of the summer, if his grades are where they need to be. He's going to be one of the most heavily pursued junior college players in the country. He's already one of the Top 2 most talented receivers I've seen in the south this year.

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