McClellan, 6-5 and 180 pounds, is one of the top 2011 prospects not in the state of Texas, but also nationally. The skilled wing was member of the 5A Bellaire Cardinals team as a freshman playing a key role and as a sophomore in 2008, became the focal point of a talented team averaging 18.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and three assists per game.
The Longhorns recently hosted the long armed guard for a second time this season. McClellan first tripped to Texas for the Longhorn's basketball game against Texas A&M January 24. At the time, he gave Texas rave reviews and spoke about the influence Texas point guard Jai Lucas has on him.
On February 21, McClellan accompanied by his mom and grandmother returned to Austin to watch the Longhorns 73-68 upset win over then #2 Oklahoma. For a second time this year, Texas made a strong impression on the talented sophomore guard that will lace up his sneakers and play for the Houston Hoops this spring and summer.
"It was good," McClellan said. "I'm getting into it with Texas. They are one of my top choices right now. I would say Texas is where I'm leaning now."
One of the more impressive aspects of the February visit was meeting a pair of future Longhorns.
"I'm not going to commit until my senior year. I'm focused on my grades right now," McClellan said.
The Bellaire Cardinals entered the season as one of the top handful of teams projected to challenge for the 5A Region III title, but the season didn't play out that way to the disappointment of the 6-5 guard.
"This season we lost some game we should have won. It was kind of a bad season because we lost in the first round of the playoffs to Eisenhower (65-63). I think I played good overall, but we didn't accomplish what we wanted," McClellan said.
McClellan will play his first spring AAU even with the Houston Hoops on March 20-22 in the Houston area.