Three-star RB Marcus McElroy Stops By UCLA

Apr. 18 -- The top-rated running back in Colorado camped with the Bruins last summer and was back at UCLA this week to check out spring practice...

Three-star running back Marcus McElroy camped with UCLA last summer and made a return trip earlier this week to check out what the Bruins are working on offensively.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound prospect from Denver (Colo.) Mullen didn't walk away with a scholarship offer, but the possibility might still be there as McElroy caught up with offensive coordinator Kennedy Polamalu following practice Thursday.

“The visit went very well. I had a lot of fun,” McElroy told “I watched spring practice for the first time. Camping there was great last summer, so I just wanted a chance to get back there and see how they run things. It was a real nice visit.

“I spoke to coach Polamalu and he was talking about the program and what they have planned for the future. Their running backs are like my body type and were all looking really good. We talked with Nate Starks after practice, too, and we asked him all the questions we had. It was great."

McElroy said he hopes to gain clarity in the next couple months regarding which programs will be under consideration when he makes a decision, which at the moment is tentatively scheduled to happen early during the season.

"I'm hoping to pull in a couple more offers and get a good idea of where I want to go to school so I can start to build a foundation somewhere," McElroy said.

Kansas State was the latest offer and the Wildcats are certainly an intriguing program for the top-rated running back in Colorado.

“Honestly that was big for me," McElroy said. "For a while, I was laying back and wasn’t imagining them offering, so it sort of surprised me. Their coach followed me on Twitter and messaged me just like most schools. We had a good conversation and not even two weeks later, my coach pulled me into his office and we called them.

“I want to get out there soon. I’ve been meaning to but something seems to pop up. I was supposed to go next weekend but we’ve got to qualify for track championships. Once that I happens I can get out to some visits."

Iowa State has been in communication quite a bit, McElroy said, and Utah is set to swing through during the spring evaluation period, so that could be worth monitoring as well. Colorado, meanwhile, is an in-state option and McElroy said the staff has been selling the idea of building the program with local prospects. Colorado State has also offered and KansasNorthwestern and Virginia have been in contact.

McElroy rushed for 1,430 yards and 21 touchdowns in 11 games as a junior last fall, averaging nearly nine yards per carry. He also had 21 receptions and four more scores out of the backfield.

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