March 4, 2010

McClure holds four offers

Vista (Calif.) High School Cornerback Stefan McClure is making a name for himself early in the 2011 recruiting season with a highlight film that blends speed and productivity from the cornerback spot. Already, the 5-foot-10, 168-pound cornerback has received four scholarship offers with more, likely on the way.

Last season McClure was named All-CIF; All-North County; as well as All-Conference on both offense and defense. His numbers included 35 receptions, one punt return for a score, 28 tackles and two interceptions. Those numbers have resulted in scholarship offers from Colorado State, San Diego State, Colorado and Washington. He said the college coaches who have come calling all tell him they like the same things about his highlight tape.

"It is about the cover skills and the coming up and hitting as a corner," McClure said when asked what he does well. "They (college coaches) tell me that is pretty tough to find. They say that I am explosive on offense and defense and I drive to the ball."

While McClure played on both sides of the ball this year, he said his passion is playing defense. No colleges have asked him to play offense yet, but they have all expressed an interest in seeing him return punts.

"If I had to chose, I would prefer defense," McClure said. "I love me some offense, but defense is just where it is at. When you can shut someone down and they know, it, that is where it is at."

McClure runs a 4.5 time in the 40-yard dash and has made a name for himself on the track where he runs the 100 (PR of 11.4), the 200 (23.5). He also competes in the long jump (21-feet, 10 inches) and made it to the California State Track Meet in the triple jump with his distance of 46-feet, 3 inches.

McClure said he would like to run track in college for at least his first year on-campus. That bodes well for Colorado State, which offers track as a spring sport.

"Colorado State was my third offer," McClure said. "They came down here and got tape on me. When they went up here and watched it on Junior Day, their head coach gave me a call. He said they were really interested and then he offered me.

"They (Colorado State)( have the four seasons, a beautiful school and a good coaching staff. I've talked to the head coach and built a relationship with the head coach. I think I would like their coaching style too from what they are telling me."

Colorado State is far from the only school after McClure. The Rams' in-state rival Colorado has also been in contact with the Vista corner and offers the opportunity to be coached by a former NFL defensive back.

"That school would be really nice," McClure said. "I like the state of Colorado. You get all four seasons, it is a beautiful school and I would get to play for Coach Ashley Ambrose, who was in the league for 14 years. That would be great to pick his brain."

San Diego State offers McClure the chance to play close to home, however they are lacking a key component as far as McClure is concerned.

"It is a nice school, a local school," he said. "I would get to play in front of the home fans and my family would be able to go there. I am interested in going there, but they don't have a stadium on-campus. I am looking for a college atmosphere."

The University of Washington is also heavily recruiting McClure. He said he has enjoyed the conversations with UW and hopes to get a visit in to Washington.

"I want to go see the school," McClure said. "From the talk and what I have been hearing from the coaches, it is a nice place and they are on the rise. They had a couple big wins this year. They are in the Pac-10 too, which means you go against the best-of-the-best."

In addition to those who have already offered a scholarship, McClure is getting interest from Boise State and Arizona. He said he hopes to take unofficial visits to Boise State and Washington in addition to the Junior Day he spent at USC.

"I see myself taking my spring break and going to some camps and schools," McClure said. "As soon as my season starts I don't want to take any visits. I'll probably ride it (his decision) out until Signing Day."

Academically, McClure claims a grade-point average of 3.2 and will take the SAT's on March 13.

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