In early March, Stefan McClure had four offers. Now that it's late April, the Vista, Calif. cornerback has doubled that number and so now he's trying to figure out which schools might be best for him.
McClure recently visited UCLA, which has offered, and Southern Cal, which has not, and came away impressed with both programs. At this point, UCLA, Washington and Boise State stand out the most.
"I like the school," McClure said of UCLA. "The school is really nice. The coaching staff is great. I liked the way they ran practice. It was great. I really liked it.
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"It's really important that they offered. It's a school I wanted to go to and it's close to home, they have a good football program and so it's really important I have an offer from them."
McClure, who finished with 38 tackles and two interceptions and more than 30 receptions last season, said the Southern Cal trip also went well because he's started to develop a relationship with the coaching staff. Sitting in on team meetings also helped him get a better feel for the program.
"Everyone right now on their team is fighting for spots since they got a new coach so their practices are up-tempo and people are getting after it," McClure said. "That was great to see how they get after it but there is no offer from them.
"Right now I'm just talking to them and building a relationship with them. Last week was the first time I talked to the guy who's recruiting my area (assistant coach Joe Barry.) I'm just starting to talk to him. They like to get people nationwide so if I get an offer from them it will probably be later."
Getting the chance to watch practice was crucial but McClure, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound prospect, said he has to temper his excitement because an offer has not been put on the table. Being a part of team meetings was good but at this point he has to focus more on the programs that have offered him.
"That was important to see how they work, see how their coaches are, I got to sit in meetings with them," McClure said. "It was pretty much like I was on the team because I saw the special teams meeting, the team meeting and then the cornerbacks meeting. It was good to see how their coaches work and how they practice."
An official visit to Washington will happen as soon as possible, McClure said, and the Huskies stand out a lot to him. What he especially likes about Washington is that it's an up-and-coming team in the Pac-10 so it's under serious consideration.
Colorado, Colorado State, Minnesota, Oregon State and San Diego State are his five other offers.
"They were my first Pac-10 offer and they're doing pretty good," McClure said of Washington. "I like what I hear from the coaches that I'm talking to. They're on the rise and they're going to do great things. They're really doing good and I like the relationship I have with the d-backs coach."