McClure eager to see Boulder

One of the top cornerback prospects in the nation in the 2011 recruiting class will make the trip to Boulder Oct. 2 to check out the Buffaloes, who will need help at the position when two fifth-year seniors graduate after this season. Get inside for more.

Stefan McClure, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound playmaker from Vista High School in Vista, Calif., is eager to see Colorado and get to know the Buffs and coach Dan Hawkins' program up close.

McClure, rated the No. 6 cornerback in the 2011 recruiting cycle by experts, is the kind of talent who could come in and play right away, especially with Jimmy Smith and Jalil Brown set to graduate.

"I'm just going to see how their program runs and see how their coaches interact with their players and see how they coach them up pregame and during the game," McClure said. "I want to see the talent they have on the field while they're playing in the game, not just hear about it or see it on TV."

McClure has narrowed his list to four finalist with a fifth still to be determined. He already visited Washington and said he enjoyed the trip and getting to know coach Steve Sarkisian's program. He is also planning visits to Cal and Oregon. Is Colorado one his finalists?

"Yes, you could definitely say that," McClure said. "Any schools I'm taking visits to are in the final and I'm considering them pretty hard."

So what is it about Colorado that has the Buffs among McClure's finalists?

"It's a nice place to live and great school and everything," he said. "Then on top of that you get coached by a former pro in coach Ashley Ambrose. So that's a great opportunity right there. He'll coach you up and get you ready for the next level. He's been there, knows what it's like and has connections and everything like that."

McClure said Ambrose is his primary connection with the CU program.

McClure said he didn't get to watch the recent Cal-Colorado game but he watched the highlights and was surprised by the lopsided result.

"I thought it was going to be closer," he said. "I thought they were going to be able to hold Cal's offense a little bit better."

Did the outcome affect his view of the Colorado program at all?

"That's just one game, but it's kind of tough because they're going to be coming into the Pac-10 either next year or the year after," McClure said. "So you want to see how they're going to be able to compete."

McClure is a versatile player for his high school team. In his season opener, he caught two passes for 70 yards, ran once for 40 yards and made an interception on defense. He also broke up three other passes.

McClure said all of his finalists are recruiting him as a cornerback but Cal is also giving him the option to play wide receiver in college.

"That does interest me quite a bit," he said.

He said he plans to make a decision after visiting all of his finalists.

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