McCray Has Good Day at Cal

Fresno (Calif.) Bullard offensive lineman Stephon McCray made his second visit to Berkeley this spring on Sunday. The talented sophomore came to compete at Cal's All-American Showcase camp. McCray competed at OL and DL, impressing both offensive and defensive coaches…

Stephon McCray (6-3, 320), aka Three-and-a-Quarter, earned the Stanford Nike Football Training Camp OL MVP last month. On Sunday, at California's All-American Showcase camp, he displayed the same mentality that earned him the MVP – relentless determination to compete.

"It was good, I finally got some reps at defense," said McCray. "I had fun with defense, I feel likes it's a little bit less responsibility, and it comes more natural to me.

"[DL] Coach [Tosh] Lupoi liked my physicalness and would love to see more of me."

To this point, McCray's early recruiting attention has come at offensive line. Last season, he played mostly offensive guard at Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West. But he recently transferred to Fresno Bullard, where he could see more time at defensive tackle as well as o-line. His ability to play both sides of the line will only help his recruitment.

"They like players that are versatile," McCray said about the Cal coaches.

He was the only lineman playing both ways at Sunday's camp. "I was a bit winded because I was going back and forth. I should've focused on position but I wanted to show the coaches I could play defense. I could've done better, but I did pretty good.

"[OL] Coach [Steve] Marshall told me keep me he wants to see one more highlight and then will talk to me about getting a scholarship."

Specifically, the Cal coaches want to see the first three games of McCray's junior season. And Marshall would like to see McCray drop a few pounds. "I weighed in at 319," he added. "[Marshall] said I would be great at 300."

Sunday was McCray's second trip to Berkeley. His first was earlier this spring when he toured the campus for an unofficial visit. "All the coaches remembered me and said look forward to seeing me in the future," he said about his second visit.

"Cal is nice. We watched a video how the stadium should look after the construction is done."

McCray says he can envision himself at Cal and its new facilities. "I really would like that, and I like their educational program," he added. "They keep you on track with the [Academic Gameplan]."

He will camp at Fresno State with his team this week and at UCLA next week. He might attend USC Rising Stars Camp, and his final stop will be at Passing Down in July.

Academically, McCray hasn't taken the SAT. "I need to improve my transcripts and have good junior film," he added.

"Then the offers will come."

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