When I travel to evaluate high school players with college potential, I usually try to see best against best. Last Friday, I watched Fairfield High school junior JuTahn McClain run against Colerain High School. That, he did.
Although Fairfield lost to the number one team in Ohio in D-1 football, JuTahn more than showed his potential as the best “multi-purpose back” in the Ohio Class of 2020. The 5’9-175 RB rushed for 275 yards on 29 carries and scored 3 times. Also caught 3 passes for 57 yards. Many of those yards were on 2nd and 3rd efforts.
Really like his good initial quickness. Good foot quickness. Tough inside runner. Good balance. Like his burst. Catches the ball out of the backfield. Good up field receiver. Breaks tackles. Always seems to be running north/south. Potential “big play guy” on each touch.Like his quickness and burst through the LOS.
At 5’9-175, needs to get bigger/stronger/faster. Fast in open field, but needs to improve 5th gear, but will. Needs to improve vision. Would like to see him improve avoiding initial first defender.
I really like his potential as a slot receiver at the highest level of competition. Tough and physical enough to run the ball inside or outside.
Actually played some defensive back, but really like to see the ball in his hands. Whether as a runner, receiver, or returner, JuTahn is much, much more valuable with the ball in his hands. But with that said, he could develop into a very good corner on the next level.
For the season, he has carried the ball 186 times for 1497 yards. Scored 24 TD’s. Caught 20 passes for 361 yards and 5 TD’s.
JuTahn has been collecting “offers” from Kentucky, Cincinnati, Michigan, among others. I heard O-State as well. But as you know – I have so little respect for the word – “offers.” But he deserves a lot of attention and “love” from the big school programs.
Forgot to mention his toughness and work ethic. Excellent. Character is even better.
JuTahn McClain is another one of those “smaller backs with toughness, athleticism, speed, and ball skills.” Plays in one of the tougher conferences in Ohio. Plays well against tough competition. And will continue to get better.
The top MSR all purpose back in the Ohio 2020 Class.