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Official visit gave Florida a boost with four-star lineman

June 7, 2021

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Just three months ago Owasso (Ok.) defensive lineman Chris McClellan‍ was a little-known three-star rated prospect with a handful of Power 5 offers.

Then, in early March an offer from Florida opened the floodgates.

What followed was offers from the likes of Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma, and Texas A&M.

Despite the sudden attention in the newly elevated four-star, Florida was still able to hold his interest and received his first official visit.

Over the weekend McClellan said that one of his visit highlights was getting a closer look at the person who could possibly be his future position coach in Gators defensive line coach David Turner.

“Me and Coach Turner have a really solid relationship,” said McClellan. “He was getting out there showing me the ropes of how Florida is, gameplay and speed and stuff and I got to see him yesterday [Saturday] morning working out his dudes – that was nice.”

According to McClellan, Turner had a very specific message for him over the weekend.

“He said he needs guys, and I'm the guy,” said McClellan. “He said he can definitely see me coming in and playing early because I fit the build and I've got the character and the personality that he likes to see.”

Just this past weekend Florida played host to six of the top 40 prospects in the nation according to the 247 Sports Composite. McClellan was told that UF brought him in on such a star-studded weekend for a reason.

“It's nice, it shows that they really want you and really care for you,” said McClellan about being invited to be part of such a big recruiting weekend. “Coach Mullen was telling me that this is probably the biggest one [official visit weekend] that they're probably going to do where they pull out all the stops for all the guys, so to have them want me to come here on this one is really important and it shows that they really value me as a player, but also as a person.”

McClellan said that he will take official visits to Southern Cal (6/18) and Ohio State (6/25) to end the month of June and will save his final two official visits for this fall.

With offers still coming in, the 6-foot-4, 295-pounder hasn't been in a hurry to name a leader. Actually, he just released his top 17 via Twitter just before arriving at Florida.

The question now is what does this past weekend mean in terms of where the Gators stand?

“Very high,” said McClellan of Florida's position. “They were already pretty high, but this is just that much more. They're definitely losing guys and with a program with this, if you can get out there and play early, that looks good for the NFL GM's and Scouts. That definitely has an appeal to it.”

McClellan, who was hosted by Zach Carter over the weekend, said that his family loved the visit, and his father prefers the SEC. While he wouldn't name a pecking order, he did admit that the visit kind of gave Florida a boost.

He is the No. 245 rated prospect in the nation according to the 247 Sports Composite.

Official visit gave Florida a boost with four-star lineman

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