McClellan is a Longhorn

McClellan is a Longhorn

The Longhorn basketball program has been on a recruiting roll for months and on Monday, Texas stuck gold again securing a commitment from Houston Bellaire guard Sheldon McClellan after a Saturday unofficial visit with his mother. Burnt Orange Beat has all the details.

Texas fans have been talking in recent months about the top three 2009 recruiting class that inked in November and the terrific start to 2010, but the shift is now on the 2011 class after Monday's commitment by Houston Bellaire guard Sheldon McClellan.

The 6-5, 180-pound shooting guard/wing joins point guard Myck Kabongo in the 2011 class and has the Longhorns again positioned to have a top ranked recruiting class nationally. The news on Monday night that McClellan committed to Texas was fresh off of an unofficial visit to Texas on Saturday, which was his third four months.

McClellan, who had offers that he knew of from Penn State, Baylor and New Mexico in addition to Texas, said the latest unofficial visit put the Longhorns over the top.

"I thought it was a very good time to commit to Texas," said McClellan. "I liked the first two visits, but the third one was the one that led me to commit. The whole process of seeing the campus, talking to the academic people and speaking with the coaching staff put Texas over the top. I also felt like I'm cool with the players and that made me feel comfortable."

Assistant coach Rodney Terry was the point man in the recruitment of McClellan. It was his relationship with the Longhorn's assistant and head coach Rick Barnes that led to giving a verbal.

"It was a very quick relationship we built. The first two times I went to Texas we talked and got along. This last time I was there, they talked about how they were going to use me and everything fit," McClellan said.

Like current Longhorn players Gary Johnson, Jai Lucas, Dexter Pittman and Harrison Smith, the ultra talented sophomore hails from the Houston area. Having other players at Texas that he likes played a part in his decision.

"It was mainly my mom and I making the decision, but having guys on the team that I know well helped. I'm cool with those guys and I feel comfortable," McClellan said.

In a Sunday night update, the long armed guard spoke about how his mother had taken a liking to the University of Texas. Monday night, Angel Johnson confirmed what her son said the day before.

"I'm excited. I'm so excited and happy. My heart has always been in it with Texas. I like the basketball and love the academics. Coach Barnes made us feel so comfortable. I don't think they understood how impressed we were with them. Sheldon told me in the car on the way home that he wanted to commit, so we talked about it and I'm excited he did. I watched Texas play all year long because they have some guys from the Houston area we know. I went to a couple of games and said to myself that I really like Texas. The tour and talks Saturday too us to another level and Sheldon knew Texas is where he wanted to be," Angel Johnson said.

Sheldon McClellan Scouting Report

McClellan is a silky smooth 6-5 guard that possesses an advanced skill level off the bounce and a quickly improving three-point jumper. As a freshman, the long armed guard spent time at the point before moving to the wing for the most part as a sophomore. Right handed with an impressive pace, McClellan does a good job of changing speeds thus creating driving opportunities. He can finish in the paint or make plays for teammates.

As the sophomore gets stronger, his release will move up and he will be a more consistent long-range shooter. Because he has an impressive feel for the game and the ability to put the ball on the floor, he creates space for a mid-range or long-range jumper with ease.

McClellan averaged 18.5 points, five rebounds and three assists in 2008 earning all-district honors.

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