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Golden Recruiting Wire: Stefan McClure of Vista to Declare Thursday, 8 AM

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January 26th, 2011 | 19 | 12 | 5

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  • Stefan McClure, CB Vista (Vista, CA) met Michigan's new Defensive Coordinator Greg Mattison on his official visit [1]. The feeling is that distance is a factor and McClure is likely to choose to stay in California. Brady Hoke followed up McClure's official visit w/ an in-home Monday night [2]. McClure intends to make a commitment decision Thursday morning at 8 [3]. California, UCLA, Michigan, Oregon State and Boise State remain [4].

    It was a great time. We met with all the coaches, saw the stadium, and hung out with the players. My host was Denard Robinson, which was pretty cool. He's like a celebrity there. Walking through the Big House was pretty cool, too.


    I talked with the defensive coordinator quite a bit. We talked scheme, and he knows his x's and o's. It was pretty cool to be able to talk with him. I also talked to coach Hoke about the school, tradition, and the opportunity to play early there.

Highlights [5]

  • Viliami Moala, DT (Cal) Grant Union (Sacramento, CA) was scheduled to visit Oregon State w/ Puka Lopa, Darryl Paulo, James Sample [6]. Moala might not have made the trip to Corvailles w/ his teammates [$7]. Chances are not high for Moala to switch commitment to the Beavers on National Signing Day.

    If the recruiting websites are accurate they might still have an outside chance at sought-after DT/NT Viliami Moala, who goes 6-3½, 335 pounds, bench presses 420 pounds and has been described as unblockable.

    Moala is the biggest name among the Grant High foursome and he has verbaled to Cal (on national TV no less) but he’s sent out some mixed signals, saying that if several of his teammates fell in love with Oregon State (the Grant guys are supposed to be visiting in Corvallis this weekend) he might switch to OSU.


    Some say Moala is a perfect nose tackle in a 3-4 defense, but it seems doubtful OSU defensive coordinator Mark Banker, who just went through a character-building season with his four down linemen "gap control'' defense, would switch to a 3-4 just to pave the way for a true freshman.

  • Puka Lopa, DE Grant Union (Sacramento, CA) offered by Cal [HT PlayClassyBears][$8]. Lopa will be making his last official visit to Cal.
  • Daniel Lasco, RB (Cal) lost a star and out of Rivals250 [9].
  • Brennan Scarlett, DE (Cal) Central Catholic (Portland, OR) has recovered from his broken collarbone to play basketball for the Rams [10].
  • Marqise Lee, ATH Serra (Gardena, CA) highlights [11]

  • Jordan Rigsbee, OG (Cal) Pleasant Valley (Chico, CA),Todd Barr, DT (Cal) Lakewood (Lakewood, CA), Viliami Moala, DT (Cal), Marqise Lee, ATH, Stefan McClure, CB selected to ESPN RISE CA-Hi Sports All-State first team [12].

    OL Jordan Rigsbee, Pleasant Valley (Chico, Calif.) 6-4, 290, Sr.
    While we might have missed out on choosing a certain Pleasant Valley quarterback in 2002 (Aaron Rodgers), Rigsbee is a first teamer. He is a two-time All-Northern Section pick and stood out last spring at the Stanford Nike Camp. Rigsbee is the son of Butte College head coach Craig Rigsbee, who actually coached Aaron Rodgers for one year before Rodgers went to Cal. Rigsbee's son will now head to Berkeley himself. Jordan also shined on defense (113 tackles, four sacks) and was MVP last season of the basketball team.

    DL Todd Barr, Lakewood (Lakewood, Calif.) 6-4, 265, Sr.
    Despite being a lineman, Barr was co-player of the year in the powerful Moore League. He came up with 20 sacks for the Lancers and also was a strong run stopper (73 tackles). Barr had all of the Pac-10 plus Florida and Miami after him, but he’s going to Cal.

    DL Viliami Moala, Grant (Sacramento, Calif.) 6-3, 335, Sr.
    Considered not just one of the best defensive linemen in the state but in the nation, the two-time Sacramento Bee Defensive Player of the Year was an easy selection to the all-state team. Despite often facing double teams, he finished his senior season with 131 tackles, 16 sacks and one interception. At the recent U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Moala blocked a field goal and announced he will sign with the University of California.

    DB Marqise Lee, Serra (Gardena, Calif.) 6-1, 185, Sr.
    His numbers were a little down this year on the defensive side of the ball (45 tackles, three interceptions), but he’s still viewed as one of the top defensive back prospects in the nation. Lee, still uncommitted after a weekend trip to Miami, showed his athleticism on offense. He had 57 catches for 1,409 yards and 24 touchdowns.

    DB Stefan McClure, Vista (Vista, Calif.) 5-11, 175, Sr.
    The CIF San Diego Section Defensive Player of the Year also would be the No. 1 honoree from the section’s No. 1 team. McClure had four interceptions and 46 tackles on defense, but often was most valuable in taking away the other team’s top receiver. On offense, McClure had 58 receptions for 1,317 yards and 13 touchdowns.

  • Frank Clark, ATH Glenville (Akron, OH) had a great official visit to Michigan [$13]. Michigan seems to be the team to beat followed by Michigan State, North Carolina [14][15]. Cal eliminated.
  • Kameron Jackson, CB Poly (Long Beach, CA) sticking w/ Washington [16]. Cal eliminated.

    "It came down to where I felt most comfortable and that was Washington," Jackson said. "I liked both schools a lot and it was a tough decision. (Cal assistant coaches) Ron Gould and Ashley Ambrose from Cal came by for a home visit this week and then Wednesday, Demetrice Martin from Washington came by our school.

    "Cal has great academics and I like their football program a lot. Their depth chart is good too but Washington is where my heart is at. I think I can play early at UW too and coach Sark (UW coach Steve Sarkisian) definitely has the team going in the right direction and I'm excited to be a part of helping the team take another big step next year."


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