This commitment was pretty much expected by most people over the past couple weeks or so. You'll probably remember Jay Jay seriously considered committing earlier in the summer but held off making it official until today. Clemson really doesn't need to/have to take a TE this period for depth purposes and McCullough is the only man at this position on CU's board. Word on the street is he originally wanted to extend his recruiting period but with Clemson's tight numbers for the 2012 cycle, he shortened his recruitment period significantly. He'll play TE/H-back in Morris' scheme.
Here is what redbricktiger said about him here last week:
"But Clemson been very high on Nation's Ford athlete JJ McCullough since last winter, and it appears they are in excellent position to pick up a commitment from McCullough. An incredibly athletic, physically imposing prospect, McCullough is a 6'4 220lb high school running back with breakaway speed. At camps this spring and summer McCullough showed his athletic ability, beating many top defensive prospects deep without much trouble. However, he was unable to turn most of those opportunities into big plays, and showed he was not very comfortable as a TE or WR at this point. He is as athletically gifted as they come, but will need some development and refinement before any of that athletic ability is realized on a college football field. McCullough is widely considered a three star prospect."
I've seen a good bit of film on the Fort Mill (National Ford HS) Senior at the running back position and agree that he is a natural talent but does need to develop more comfort outside the primary ball carrier role. McCullough's large frame and great speed for this frame immediately gives him the potential to make a difference at the collegiate level. McCullough is being recruited by Jeff Scott.
FWIW, both Rivals and Scout have him slotted as a three star prospect as of this afternoon.
Per Rivals.com, here are his basics:
- Wt:232 lbs
- 40:4.5 secs
- Vertical:32 inches