April 14, 2010

California DB may visit Fort Collins

It isn't easy being one of the top recruits in the state of California, but that hasn't gone to the head of Vista (Calif.) cornerback Stefan McClure. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound defensive back is continuing to do what got him to this place - work hard.

"I am doing track and I have done tons of jumping now," McClure said Tuesday. "I am still working out early mornings in the gym with the receivers coach and on top of my regular list of football running."

McClure's "other football list," holds his scholarship offers including free rides from Colorado State, UCLA, Washington, Boise State, Minnesota, SDSU, Oregon State and Colorado. He said he is also hearing from USC, but isn't sure if they will offer a scholarship. McClure has already taken visits to UCLA, USC and is trying to get to Seattle to watch the Washington Huskies practice. While early in the process, he has put together a top-five list together.

"I have a top-five," he said. "I don't know the order yet, but UCLA, Washington, Boise, then Minnesota and Oregon State. Right now most of them are trying to get athletes, load up on positions and making the practices fun to make the players want to be there and around the office."

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. 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.

Colorado State has sent Quarterbacks Coach Daren Wilkinson to his native California to recruit McClure. Currently, McClure said there "is a huge chance," that he visits Fort Collins for an official visit and he added Wilkinson is likely to come back out to California in May.

"I'm going to try to make it to Colorado," McClure said. "The only reason they aren't in the top five is because they I haven't really talked to the head coach and got to pick the DB's coaches mind and see how their defensive backfield works. I gotta make sure I can get their DB coaches' number the next time I talk to Coach Wilkinson. We talked last weekend and it was good talking to him (Wilkinson). We talked about how their spring ball is going."

Spring football starts for McClure in May and he said he has some definite ideas on what aspects of his game he wants to work on.

"I am planning on getting better with my footwork and no wasted steps," McClure said. "Last year my footwork was pretty good, but it could be better. That will help me drive downhill on stop routes and when they run screens."

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