2024 NFL Draft: Alabama senior RB Jase McClellan declares to enter after four outstanding seasons

In the 2023 College Football Playoff semifinals at the Rose Bowl, Jase McClellan’s Alabama team faced an overtime defeat against eventual national champion Michigan. The thrilling match concluded as the last game for McClellan in Alabama, seeing which former Michigan player Tom Brady couldn’t contain his excitement over the victory.

Looking ahead to the 2024 NFL draft, where the running back position lacks outright stars, Alabama’s standout player, McClellan, has made the decision to enter the draft, following in the footsteps of college stars like Brenden Rice, Malik Nabers, and Brock Bowers.

Jase McClellan has played his final game for Alabama

Jase McClellan has officially declared his intention to enter the 2024 NFL draft. It marked the next step in his football journey, which he revealed through an Instagram post on Tuesday.

“After some long talks with my family, I believe that the next chapter of my life is here now. I have officially decided to take another step forward in pursuing my dreams, and I will be declaring for the 2024 NFL Draft.”

In his announcement, McClellan took a moment to express his gratitude to the “Bama Nation” for the unwavering support he received during his time at Alabama. He enthusiastically chanted “Roll Tide,” showcasing the deep connection he has with the university and its passionate fanbase.

The running back also conveyed his gratitude to head coach Nick Saban for providing him with the opportunity to live out his dreams in Alabama and for contributing to his growth as a player.

“Thank you, Bama Nation, for all your support and forever ‘Roll Tide!’ Thank you, Coach Nick Saban, for allowing me to live out my dreams at this amazing place. Thank you for providing me with an opportunity to play in Alabama, for always believing in me, and for helping to make me the man that I am today.”

As McClellan prepares to take his talents to the professional level, he joins a list of Alabama football players declaring for the 2024 NFL draft. The roster includes notable names like JC Latham, Jermaine Burton, Justin Eboigbe, Dallas Turner, Chris Braswell, Kool-Aid McKinstry, and Terrion Arnold. The 2024 NFL Draft is scheduled to take place from April 25–27.

Jase McClellan’s performance with Alabama

McClellan’s journey with Alabama showcased his development and contribution to the team during his four seasons with the Crimson Tide. Throughout the 2023 season, McClellan continued to prove his sportsmanship on the field, rushing for 890 yards and eight touchdowns over 180 carries.

His average of 4.9 yards per carry highlighted his effectiveness in moving the ball for the Crimson Tide. This solid performance elevated his draft stock, especially as Alabama clinched the 2021 National Championship.

Even though McClellan had already played four seasons at Alabama, he was granted an extra year of eligibility because of COVID-related allowances. Surprisingly, he decided not to make use of this additional year. McClellan’s departure paved the way for the emergence of younger talents like Miller and Haynes, who embraced their new responsibilities.

With the declaration, he is now set to finish his Alabama career with a total of 1,545 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns over his last two seasons.

His decision to enter the NFL Draft marks the end of an era at Alabama and leaves a legacy as a key contributor to the team’s success.

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