Bruins Get Last Shot at McClure

Stefan McClure says UCLA, Oregon State and Cal are recruiting him the hardest and he officially visits the Bruins for his final trip on Jan. 14. "I love the location," McClure said about Westwood. "I also like my chances of coming in and competing and getting on the field early. UCLA is still pretty young and coach Rick Neuheisel is bringing in a new defensive coordinator, so hopefully that'll..."

Stefan McClure, the 5-foot-11, 175 pound four-star cornerback/wide receiver from Vista, Calif., helped lead his team to a 12-1 record and the San Diego section title. McClure finished his senior year with 58 catches for over 1,300 yards and 13 touchdowns. Defensively, he had 48 tackles (37 solos) and four interceptions (one for a touchdown).

McClure, ranked as the No. 7 cornerback in the country by Scout.com, still denies a leader but favors UCLA, Oregon State, California, Boise State and Colorado. All have offered.

He says that the Bruins, Beavers and Bears are recruiting him the hardest and he officially visits UCLA for his final trip on Jan. 14.

"I love the location," McClure said about Westwood. "I also like my chances of coming in and competing and getting on the field early. UCLA is still pretty young and coach Rick Neuheisel is bringing in a new defensive coordinator, so hopefully that'll get them back on track.

"Hopefully, UCLA will win a Pac-12 championship soon," he said.

McClure visited Oregon State officially on Nov. 21 and loved his time in Corvallis. "It was for the USC game, so the crowd was going crazy," he said. "The stadium was sold out and everyone in Corvallis loves the Beavers. It's all about the Beavers there.

"That's a program that's pretty good every year and those coaches are great," he said. "I really like coach Mike Riley."

Although he didn't visit Cal officially, he has been to Berkeley before. "I really like the style they play," he said. "I like their defense and think it fits me well. They said that I'd be able to compete early."

McClure also visited two non-Pac-10 schools: Colorado on Oct. 2 and Boise State on Dec. 15.

"Boise State was great," he said. "I actually really liked Idaho. Everything there is about the schools and it's all very new and clean."

Another thing that stands out about the Broncos is coach Chris Petersen. "He's very laid-back and a very good coach," he said. "I went to their bowl practice and I really liked their tempo and how they go full speed the whole time. It's all about competition."

Despite the coaching change at Colorado, McClure says he's still interested in the Buffs. "I was really disappointed they let coach Ambrose (secondary coach Ashley Ambrose) go. He's the one I had the best relationship with and that definitely hurt.

"But I've talked with (new head coach) Jon Embree and got to know him a bit already," he said. "He told me they'll be turning it around and that he plans to bring a national championship back to Colorado and make them a winning team again like they were when he played there."

McClure plans to make his decision after the UCLA visit.

"I'll go where it feels like the best fit with the coaches and players," he said. "I'd like to play early too."

McClure reports a 3.1 core GPA and a 1250 SAT.


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