Covington, LA standout Jalen McCleskey will be headed to Stillwater next season. The 3-star wide reciever has signed his letter of intent to play for the Cowboys.
Jalen has been committed to Oklahoma State since last September, and has stuck with the Pokes during his entire recruitment. McCleskey finished his senior season with 41 catches for 657 yards and 10 touchdowns. Looking at his stature combined with his route running abilities and punt returning skills, Jalen is very similar to former inside receiver Josh Stewart as well as current Cowboy David Glidden.
Here is ESPN's assessment of McCleskey:
McCleskey is a fluid slot receiver who works both on and off the line. Good initial quickness with top end speed to match. Developing size and strength for the next level.
Runs a lot of go routes or crossers and is effective at both in gaining space. Good burst off the line to separate on deep balls and uses quickness to get off the jam. Makes defensive backs work to reroute him.
Makes all different types of catches. Can catch the ball behind him with one hand and is very effective at tracking deep balls. Good skills to attack the ball and consistently use his hands.
McCleskey is a receiver who is developing the size and strength needed to play at the next level. Quick, fastM and he makes plays. Good ability at getting off the jam. Projects as a Power 5 player in the right system. Needs time to develop his body.
McCleskey is only wide receiver in this class, as the Cowboys loaded up last year with guys like James Washington, Chris Lacy, and Keenan Brown. With the depth chart as stacked as it is at the position next season, I would expect McCleskey to redshirt or possibly see some action on special teams.
Check out his highlights from Hudl