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OSU football: McCleskey announces plans to transfer to Tulane

Jalen McCleskey

Jalen McCleskey outruns Iowa State's Willie Harvey during the third quarter of Oklahoma State's 49-42 win over ISU on Saturday at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa.

Former Oklahoma State receiver Jalen McCleskey is transferring to Tulane to pursue a master’s degree and use his last year of eligibility, he announced on his Twitter account Thursday afternoon.

McCleskey decided to sit out the rest of the 2018 season and use college football's new four-game redshirt rule to retain his final season of eligibility after the Cowboys’ 41-17 loss to Texas Tech.

McCleskey is sixth in OSU history in receptions and ninth in touchdown catches.

He will earn his bachelor's degree at OSU and pursue his master's at Tulane, which will allow him to be a graduate transfer and not lose a year of eligibility.

McCleskey is from Covington, Louisiana, and his father, JJ McCleskey, is in his first season as a defensive back coach at Tulane. 

"This past season was the first time in my life that my dad ever had to miss seeing me play," McCleskey wrote, "and now I will have the chance to share the same field with him each and every day making this opportunity even more special."

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