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Notre Dame Remains Big Player For 2024 WR Jeremiah McClellan

December 11, 2022
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Jeremiah McClellan‍ and his Christian Brothers College teammates wrapped up their second straight Missouri state championship late last month.

“It just felt amazing, just another goal I've always wanted to achieve,” the 2024 receiver prospect said. “That's always my goal for every single season.”

But it didn’t take more than a few days for McClellan and his teammate 2023 running back Jeremiyah Love‍ to realize what that meant for them.

“We were just talking about like, 'Dang, we really just played our last high school game together,’” McClellan recalls.

Love is set to play at Notre Dame next season and while McClellan is still sorting through an impressive array of scholarship offers, the junior wideout has always maintained the school Love ended up at would have at least a slight advantage in the race for him.

Love knows that and has already got to work.

“He was like, 'Man, you've got to come to school where I'm at, man. Come to Notre Dame with me,'” McClellan says of the conversation. “I was like, 'Man, we'll see.'

“He was like, 'In all seriousness, take your time and really make sure you feel like that you really like it there because I really do.' That's what he told me.”

McClellan reiterated that Love heading to Notre Dame “most definitely…plays a big role” in his own decision.

The Irish coaches – specifically Marcus Freeman and Chansi Stuckey – are also playing big roles.

McClellan called the communication with the Irish to this point “amazing.”

“I love talking to Coach Freeman and Coach Stuckey all the time,” he said. “We're just building a connection, getting to know them, talking about Coach Stuckey's family and things like that.

“I love talking to them. We talk to every week.”

McClellan visited Notre Dame for the Stanford game, when Love publicly announced his commitment. In the final weeks of the regular season, he made trips to Ohio State and Michigan.

“They were cool,” he said. “I had a great time with Coach (Jim) Harbaugh, had a great time with Coach (Ron) Bellamy.

“I had a great time with Coach (Brian) Hartline and also Coach (Ryan) Day. Both were great visits. I loved both schools.”

He was supposed to head to Tennessee, but that trip got cancelled. He’s planning to reschedule his trip to Knoxville in the coming months while also making return trips to South Bend, Ann Arbor, Columbus and Missouri.

“Getting to know players a little bit more because they're going to tell you the real spiel about all the programs,” he said of what he hopes to get out of the next round of visits.

“I'd like to see more of the areas that the school is in, what's to do up there, what's to do for fun up there. What's campus like? What's a normal day up there without the football? I know we're going to have dead weeks and things like that, so what's there to do up there for fun? That's pretty much it.”

McClellan expects to have a Top 10 sometime this spring or early summer and hopes to have a final decision before the start of his senior season or just after it starts.

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