McElroy Turning Heads at Clear Creek

Clear Creek's C.J. McElroy turned heads during the last half of the 2008 season and has emerged as one of the top sophomores in the state of Texas. Recently, the 5-10, 170-pounder with elite quickness took in the Texas Longhorns spring game and is already being heavily recruited by several Big 12 programs.

Clear Creek High just a year ago produced one of the nation's top prospects in Texas freshman Marcus Davis. The 2011 class will be more of the same as C.J. McElroy has emerged as one of the top sophomores in the state.

The 5-10, 170-pounder with elite quickness and 4.6 speed burst onto the scene during the 2008 season for a 4-6 Wildcats team that lost in the first round of the playoffs to Hightower. While McElroy was on varsity to start the season, it was his play the last half of district and in the playoffs in which he made a name for himself and earned him 24-5A first team all-district honors catching 48 passes for 496 yards and four touchdowns as well as rushing 24 times for 255 yards and two additional scores.

The son of former major league left handed relief pitcher Chuck McElroy, who played 13 seasons with nine different teams, had his breakout against the Brazoswood Bucs. McElroy scored on runs of 61 and 14 yards finishing with 93 yards rushing on just three carries. Throw in seven receptions for 99 yards and the sophomore had officially arrived as a playmaker for Clear Creek.

He followed that sensational performance with a nine catch for 47 yards and one touchdown performance in a blowout win over Alvin. Against rival Clear Lake, McElroy hauled in eight passes for 98 yards and a 41-yard score as well as carrying the ball eight times for 52 yards.

In the Wildcats 59-17 loss to state finalist Hightower, he again flashed his home run threat ability scoring from 86 yards out on a catch and run. He finished the game against a potent defense with 87 yards receiving and 39 rushing.

The interest from Big 12 programs has quickly followed his impressive sophomore campaign, which included an invite to the Texas Longhorns spring game recently, which McElroy gladly accepted.

"It (Texas visit) went well," said McElroy. "It was a great environment. I went with my mom, dad and younger brother (12 years old). We had a good time and Mack Brown invited us. Texas might recruit me, so we wanted to check them out. We got up there around one and they took us on a tour. I got to see the trophies and stuff. I wish I could be up there more to see all the stuff."

While it was a first trip as a guest of Texas, McElroy has been paying close attention to Texas for a few years. Tuning in to a Texas game was a weekly event as he was watching family.

"Limas Sweed is my cousin, so I've looked up to him and watched him at Texas. I've always tried to talk with him and he's helped me get ready for football," McElroy said, who is busy on the diamond helping the Wildcats earn a trip to the playoffs.

Along with Texas, the other top Big 12 power, Oklahoma, is already showing interest in the fleet footed sophomore, as are others. McElroy says he has a couple of summer camps in mind.

"The schools recruiting me are Texas, Nebraska, Kansas, A&M and Oklahoma. I'm going to go to Oklahoma and Texas camps this summer. I think Texas is June 20, but I'm not for sure on dates," McElroy said.

Being in a position to receive advice from a father that was a professional athlete is a rarity. McElroy said his father is pushing playing both football and baseball.

"My dad says if you love both, then do both. He says it's up to me, enjoy high school and play both football and baseball," McElroy said.

The sophomore standout will also compete in relays for Clear Creek at the district track meet this week.

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