Stefan McClure Opts for Cal

Vista (Calif.) cornerback Stefan McClure makes his college commitment and he'll stay in state and play for Cal...

Vista (Calif.) cornerback Stefan McClure will be staying in the Golden State for college, picking California this morning over Boise State, Oregon State and UCLA.

"I'm going to Cal," said the four-star corner. "I just felt comfortable there with the coaches and it felt like home.  It felt like a good fit for me.  I would have wanted to go there even without football.  It was a feeling in my gut."

McClure had been favoring staying in-state for some time, but the feeling was he would end up at UCLA.

When Cal hired Ashley Ambrose to coach the defensive backs, the Bears shot to the top.

"Coach Ambrose and I had a good relationship when he was at Colorado and I think I can really improve under him," said McClure.  "They made a pretty good move with him there.  That really helped put them over the top.  I had a good relationship with the UCLA coaches, Coach (Rick) Neuheisel and Coach (Tim) Hundley and with Oregon State and Coach (Keith) Heyward, but I just felt it more with Cal."

And the addition of McClure strengthens what is arguably the Pac-10's best defensive class, with the top three defensive tackles in the state and the state's top outside linebacker also having pledged to the Bears.

"We've got a really talented group of players coming in to play there and I'm excited about what we can do," said McClure.  "I connected with a lot of those guys at the U.S. Army Game.  I texted with Jason (Gibson) and Avery (Walls)."

He also gives Cal the top two prospects in San Diego, joining Cathedral Catholic defensive tackle Mustafa Jalil.

"Yeah, that will be really cool playing with him," said McClure. "That's cool that the top players in San Diego will be playing together. It's pretty exciting and will be fun."

McClure said he's glad to be done with the process.

"It's a pretty good relief, and now I can just focus on track and get ready for school," said McClure.

An all-state selection by, McClure is ranked #4 nationally at cornerback by

Brandon is in his sixth year with, currently as the West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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