20 Central McClellion

Central McClellion Ohio State
usaUnited States
Delray, FL
High School
Boca Raton Olympia
Current Team
Ohio State
1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998

Post-OSU Update: After his Ohio State playing days, Central McClellion continued his football career by playing two years in NFL Europe. In 2001, he played six NFL regular season games with the Washington Redskins, compiling 14 tackles. His son, Jarques McClellion, is currently an FBS-level cornerback. He started his college career at Arkansas and is finishing up at Florida State. (Updated: Feb. 2022)

Major: Criminology (1997-98), Business (1995-96), Unknown (1994)

Weight: 190 (1998), 180 (1994-97)

1998 Media Guide: Veteran of 36 games over the last three years … outstanding reserve who coaches have no fear in starting … defensive backs coach Jon Tenuta says Central “can play everywhere on the field …he has learned to play all the positions – free safety, strong safety, cornerback, nickel – and he will see a lot of playing time. . .he is a good student, he works hard all the time and he simply is a joy to be around” … is the Buckeyes’ nickel back … has been in on 63 tackles over the course of his career … has really worked hard to to improve himself as a student and was recognized last year by the OSU Athletic Council for his academic achievement.

1997: Saw his most extensive action last year, more than tripling his playing time from the previous year with 137 minutes … earned first career start vs. Indiana … wound up the season with a career-high 28 tackles, including five against Florida State in the Sugar Bowl … was in on a career-best seven tackles vs. Illinois.

1997 Media Guide: Could contend for a starting job at one of the two corner spots … backed up All-America Shawn Springs last year and appeared in all 12 games … is a hitter, has a nose for the ball and will challenge a receiver … has played in 24 games the past two years.

1996: Played a total of 40 minutes, some of that time coming with the special teams … wound up the year with 26 tackles, including 22 solos … had five tackles (all solos) at Illinois and four each against Penn State and Purdue.

1996 Media Guide: The backup at the bench corner … solid young reserve who played in 11 games last year (he missed the Minnesota and Illinois contests after suffering a concussion against Iowa) and always performed well … also plays on the special teams … seems to have a knack for being where the ball is … has good speed and isn’t afraid to challenge a receiver … physical type of player … still young and has a bright future with the Buckeyes.

1995: Had 15 tackles in 1995, including a tackle for loss at Purdue … recovered a fumble against Illinois and blocked a punt against Tennessee in the Citrus Bowl.

1995 Media Guide: Heads into the fall as the backup to Shawn Springs at the field corner … has good speed and is one of those defensive backs who seems to instinctively be in position to challenge for the ball and make the interception … has the physical talent to be an excellent one-on-one defender.

1994: Redshirted.

High School: A three-year starter at defensive back who earned all-state, all-conference and all-county honors as a senior … also started two years at wide receiver … recorded 82 total tackles as a senior, and had 21 interceptions his last two seasons (10 as a senior) … caught six passes for 114 yards and a touchdown last fall … helped team post identical 10-1 records his last two seasons and rank third in the state in 1993 and fifth in “92 … high school coach was Frank Kunf … helped his track team place in the state meet in the 4×100-meter relay.

Personal: Plans to major in criminal justice … has five sisters and a brother … Deion Sanders is his favorite defensive back … likes to fish and play golf in his leisure time … lists his mother, Cynthia, and his grandmother as the two people he most admires.


SeasonTeamGGSTklSoloAsstTFLTFL YdsSacksFFFRIntInt YdsPBUBlkDef TDPRPR YdsPR TD
1994Ohio State100000000000000000
1995Ohio State110159611500100010160
1996Ohio State120262240000000100000
1997Ohio State1332818100000000000000
1998Ohio State1001881000000160001000