UCLA and Washington remain two of the leaders for four-star cornerback Stefan McClure but the Vista, Calif., standout visited Cal this past weekend and said the Golden Bears have now moved up on his list.
Cal lost but only by two points to top-ranked Oregon and McClure said the atmosphere in Berkeley was what stood out the most.
"The atmosphere was great," McClure said. "The first half was just crazy loud. I was thinking you probably couldn't even hear on the field and how they were sticking with them. They were beating them for the first quarter. The atmosphere was great and the players were all fired up and ready to go.
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"I got to talk with their coaching staff and everything. I talked to coach (Jeff) Tedford, coach (Clancy) Pendergast, coach (Al) Simmons and even coach (Kevin) Daft. Their coaching staff is really good and really nice. It's a coaching staff I could see myself playing for."
McClure, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound prospect, said Cal's coaching staff told him he could play on either side of the ball, something for him to certainly consider because playing cornerback or wide receiver appeals to him.
Since McClure is nowhere near making his decision, there is a lot of time to consider all options and he said Cal is definitely in better shape after his visit than before.
"Cal is making a move," McClure said. "I still have three more visits for officials but you can say they're making a move.
"The coaching staff is great, I love the atmosphere in Berkeley, they're getting new facilities over the summer and a new stadium, their depth at corner is good and I'll have a chance to play defense or receiver, whichever one I choose."
McClure has already visited Washington and Colorado but the Buffaloes are sliding because of their unstable coaching situation. He has visits planned for Oregon State this weekend and then he'll also see Oregon and UCLA.
Rated fifth at cornerback, No. 106 overall and No. 17 in the California state rankings by Rivals.com, McClure doesn't plan to make a commitment until after the U.S. Army All-American Bowl because he doesn't visit UCLA until after that event. He remains open in his recruitment and doesn't claim a leader.
"It's still open," McClure said. "Pretty much all the schools I'm taking visits to and Cal are the ones that I'm really looking at. Colorado, I'm not sure of because of their head coaching situation. I don't know about that one."