Stephon McCray has an offer from Colorado and lots of interest from big-time West Coast programs but the Fresno (Calif.) Bullard offensive guard said his weight has been a concern to college coaches and could be holding him back.
So the 6-foot-3 prospect decided to trim down by eating better and working out more diligently and now he's down to 300 pounds and ready to show off his new look. He hopes coaches are impressed.
"Everybody I've talked to, their main concern on the highlight film that they saw, I was a bit overweight," McCray said.
"Since then I've definitely cut that off and gotten rid of all that excess weight. I've completely changed. I cut my hair now and everything. It's a completely new look."
McCray, who's hearing from Arizona, Cal, Boise State and USC, will visit Colorado early next month for its junior day.
It will give him an opportunity to meet the Buffaloes' new coaching staff - and it's a chance to show those coaches that he means business with his new body.
"That's why I'm going to their junior day so I can meet them all in person and really get a chance to know them," McCray said. "Hopefully, I can get up there a day early so I may be able to have them to myself and talk to them all."
Last spring at the Palo Alto NIKE Camp, McCray won the offensive line MVP award even though he was only entering his junior season and then he followed that up with an impressive performance at Cal's camp.
He can play either offensive guard or defensive tackle which should give him more options in his recruitment especially now that he's lost some weight. McCray is excited to get back on the field this spring at more camps.
"I'm probably going to a lot of different camps," he said. "A lot of coaches said they'd be around by mid-April and I think that will help a lot, too.
"I think if anything playing both ways would help because I don't think I did that bad at defensive tackle or guard. Being versatile would be a good thing."