The running back room for the Kentucky Wildcats takes another hit as current running back JuTahn McClain has announced that he will enter his name into the transfer portal.
McClain was recruited as a 4-star prospect from Fairfield, Ohio. He has two years of eligibility left at whichever school he lands at next.
When McClain was recruited out of high school, he had several top tier offers from schools such as Michigan, Cincinnati, Duke, Indiana, Louisville, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State, along with many others. He also had his most productive season as a Wildcat back in 2022. JuTahn managed to find himself second on the depth chart last year behind Chris Rodriguez Jr. after original backup running back Ramon Jefferson suffered a season-ending injury. Rodriguez and McClain made for a very good rushing attack that season with JuTahn totaling for 59 carries and 278 yards of offense. To go with that, he also had 18 receptions for 100 yards with his sole touchdown of the season.
JuTahn's carries dropped significantly this season as he had to share the number of snaps with Vanderbilt transfer, Ray Davis, and NC State transfer, Demi Sumo-Karngbaye. McClain only managed 26 carries on the season for a total of 138 yards and one rushing touchdown. With losing JuTahn McClain, this means that Kentucky will be losing three running backs from this season. Ray Davis has declared for the NFL Draft, Ramon Jefferson is now out of NCAA eligibility, and now JuTahn McClain chose to enter the transfer portal.
One could have argued that the running back room could have been up for grabs for him this year, however, now the Wildcats will more than likely be exploring their options in the transfer portal for another top notch running back like they found in Ray Davis just last offseason. Hopefully Jay Boulware can get his guy and hit a home-run in the portal once again.