OU signee Sheldon McClain likely to redshirt after torn ACL

BY JAKE TROTTER, Staff Writer, jtrotter@opubco.com Published: February 3, 2010
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Sheldon McClain possesses all the attributes of a big-time wide receiver prospect. Size, speed, skills.

Just not past production.

During his entire prep career at Cibilo, Texas (Byron Steele), McClain caught only 38 passes for seven touchdowns.

Much of that, however, was not McClain's fault. He missed his entire senior season with a torn ACL suffered last September.

But despite the injury, McClain is healthy again and enrolled early at Oklahoma, where he committed before his knee injury, to participate in spring practice.

He will spend the spring, and likely the fall redshirting, re-acclimating to football. But down the line, the 6-foot-2, 175-pound McClain has the potential to become one of the pleasant surprises from his heralded Sooner recruiting class.

"He's tough to evaluate," said Jeremy Crabtree, national recruiting editor for Rivals.com, which gave McClain three stars even though he didn't play last season. "But on paper, he looks like a million bucks. He has a good frame, he's a smart kid.

"Spring ball will be real important for him."