Mammoth McClure

The Razorbacks appear in great shape to land Junior College All-American offensive lineman John McClure (6-4, 310), who took an official visit to Arkansas this weekend and appears poised to become the school's 17th commitment of the 2013 recruiting class.

After an official visit to Arkansas this weekend, Butler, Kan., County Community College offensive lineman John McClure (6-4, 310) is poised to become the Razorbacks' 17th commitment of the 2013 recruiting class.

That's according to his dad John, Sr., who accompanied his son – a second-team NJCAA All-American last season who is a mid-term graduate - to Fayetteville this weekend with Butler (7-0) having an off-date.

"John had a great visit," McClure said. "He was very pleased with everything he got to see both athletically and academically. He's pretty sure it's the place for him."

McClure, who is not allowed to do interviews during the season per his head coach Troy Morrell, will discuss his recruiting status with both of his parents later this week.

"His mom is coming in this week to see him," McClure said. "She and I are divorced and he just wants to talk with both of us about his decision."

McClure got to take in Arkansas's 49-7 win over Kentucky on Saturday night - a game terminated in the third quarter due to inclement weather.

"He really enjoyed being around the team and seeing how they go through a game day," McClure said. "He also got a chance to meet with some of the people at the business school as he wants to be a business major."

McClure, playing left tackle for Butler, noted that his son has interest from several schools in both the SEC and Big 12.

"His coach, who keeps all the recruiting pressure away from his players during the season, has told me there are four Big 12 schools and two SEC schools that are actively pursuing my son," McClure said. "But I think he may have found his place in Arkansas."

McClure, who was born in San Diego and then raised in Wichita, Kan., started his college career as a preferred walk on at his dream school Kansas State.

But after a redshirt season, he decided to transfer to Butler to continue his development the past two seasons.

"It was a shock for him regarding the jump from high school to college," McClure said. "He made the decision to go to Butler and has really matured both mentally and physically. It has turned out to a great decision."

McClure, whose son shined for Wichita Heights in high school, sized up his son's strengths.

"I think he is very coachable and you only have to tell him something once and he gets it," McClure said. "He's also gotten a lot stronger in the last year and learned much better technique. He still needs to continue to work hard and get better, but I have been very pleased with how he is coming along."

Butler, which finished 11-1 last season, is ranked second nationally behind Iowa Western Community College and coming off an 84-13 win over Garden City back on October 6.

The Grizzlies, who have scored 84 points twice this season, have topped 60 points in all five of their Jayhawk Conference games so far this season.

They will face Coffeyville Community College (5-2) Saturday night at home in El Dorado, Kan.

"They really do have a chance to win the national championship and that's what all the players and coaches are focusing on," McClure said. "But it was great to have the open date and be able to come check out Arkansas. We were very pleased with what we found out."

John McClure

Photos by Marc F. Henning

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