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Vista (Calif.) cornerback/wide receiver Stefan McClure has taken two official visits, and he takes his third this weekend. Last week, he visited Cal unofficially. Check inside for the latest in his recruitment...

Stefan McClure (5-11, 175) is getting ready to visit Oregon State this weekend and leaves for the Beaver State on Friday.

"I'm really looking forward to it," McClure said. "I get in tomorrow so I'll get to see how they prepare for the game and do the whole walk-through and everything."

This will be McClure's third official visit as he's already tripped to Washington on Sept. 10 and Colorado on Oct. 2.

"Washington was great," he said. "The coaches are really cool and doing well. The coaches are really fired up and get the team fired up. They're very focused on bringing U-Dub back to the elite of the Pac-10."

McClure spoke with us while he was at the gym and says the Washington/UCLA game was on the TV in the background. "I'm keeping my eye on it," he said. "I'm really looking to see how they play and compete. I really want to see if UCLA can put some plays together."

The Bruins, in fact, are recruiting McClure the hardest and are in his top five. "They call me regularly," he said. "I talk to almost all the coaches every week and they email a lot."

Have the Bruins' struggles this season affected McClure's opinion of the program? "They're a young team," he said. "That's one of the reasons they're struggling. The defense is doing good and they're making a lot of plays. I think they're on-the-rise and just missing a few key players before making the next step."

Future Pac-12 member Colorado is on McClure's list and he visited the Buffs on Oct. 2. "That was a lot of fun," he said. "It was a big-time atmosphere and the fans really got into it."

McClure admits that he wasn't surprised to learn of coach Dan Hawkins firing. "Even when I was on the visit the rumors were there," he said. "Nobody really talked about it, but I kind of saw it coming."

He is being recruited by Buffs' defensive backs coach Ashley Ambrose. "As long as coach Ambrose is there, I think I'll stick with them," he said. "I haven't talked to them about the coaching stuff yet, but I don't think coach Ambrose is going anywhere."

McClure says the two schools that have impressed him the most this season are California and Oregon.

"Cal played Oregon really well," he said about the Bears 13-15 loss to the Ducks. "They really slowed them down and showed they've got some great athletes. Cal is gonna be a very good team. Those guys can make plays."

Even though the game was very close, Oregon did end up winning that game. "I love how they play," he said. "They just win."

He is being recruited by Ducks' secondary coach John Neal. "He is such a great coach," he said. "He's a great guy and I love the program that coach Chip Kelly runs. It's also a great football environment."

McClure says he does not have a time frame for making a decision.

"I'm comparing the atmosphere everywhere I go and seeing how I can fit it and if I think I'd like it there," he said about his process.

Although McClure still denies a leader, his final six are Washington, Colorado, California, Oregon, UCLA, and Oregon State. All of his favorites have offered.

McClure is ranked as the No. 7 cornerback in the country and has helped lead his team to a 9-1 record with three picks (one for a touchdown). He also has 12 touchdowns receiving.

He reports a 3.1 core GPA and a 1250 SAT.

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