Buffs and ‘Dogs on Top

Stephon McCray

Fresno (Calif.) Bullard OG Stephon McCray missed over half the season with an injury in 2010. Nonetheless, the three-star prospect has hauled in two early offers with many more schools showing interest. Colorado and Fresno State offered him first and second, respectively, and stand atop his list, says McCray, who just returned from Boulder and will check out the Bulldogs in a few weeks…

Stephon McCray (6-3.5, 291) has transformed his body and his regime the last two years. We first met McCray when he was a 6-foot-1, 325-pound freshman at Clovis West. Nicknamed "three-and-a-quarter" because of his weight, McCray was dominating defensive lineman even as a 15-year-old. Now, he has stretched out and trimmed much of his baby fat changing his eating habits along the way while improving his feet, technique, and quickness.

He missed football from the months of July through October last year. With his arm in a sling, McCray couldn't do anything rigorous and fell out of football shape. He played the last five games of the season, but the limited time set his recruitment back.

Colorado was his first offer him in February. Fresno State followed last month with an offer when McCray visited a Bulldog spring practice. Last weekend, he took an unofficial visit to Boulder, and later this month he will take one to Fresno.

"Overall it was a good trip," McCray said about Colorado. "We got a chance to stay up there for two days. I got to see some of the area of Boulder outside of campus. It seems like a pretty cool place, everything is within walking distance, in case I don't have car.

"The coaches are good, and we got to talk with a few players. They said they felt a difference when Coach [Jon] Embree became in charge. They're expectations are higher than previous coaches and they like him.

"I talked to [offensive line] Coach Steve Marshall, he says I'm an offensive guard, but he wants to work with me at snapping the ball. He says it would definitely help me if I could snap the ball. He says versatility is huge for an offensive lineman."

Besides being his first offer, early playing time and proximity to home are in the Buffs corner too.

"I'm definitely someone who is more ready to play immediately; they said there is possibility for early playing time.

"I always been a bit of a momma's boy. It would be nice to see my mom and my dad frequently. They said they will always have one game in California every year. And it's only a two-hour flight from home. I like it…everything is within one or two states."

While McCray has visited and camped at Fresno State numerous times in the last few years, he has never taken a tour of the campus or taken a closer look at the football program. That will change in a few weeks.

"On the 30th, from what I understand, they are going to show us the campus and parts of the facilities that I haven't seen," said McCray. "I have seen the film room and training room. I want to see the rest of the campus because I actually haven't seen it. It will be nice to see that and talk with an academic advisor. So if I make the decision to go to Fresno State I'll definitely will be able to [make an informed one]."

Besides the Bulldogs and Buffaloes, McCray is also been talking with Arizona, California, and USC among others. "I'm going down to Texas A&M during spring break, and Washington State has been talking about offering."

Right now, however, the Buffs and ‘Dogs are his clear leaders.

"Considering that they offered me scholarships, invited me to come to their campus, and will pay for my education, yes," McCay said about CU and FS being his top two schools.

"I want to make a decision probably mid-season. I just don't want to rush it and miss out on any potential schools that I may want to check out."

Academically, he has on pace to qualify with a 2.7 core GPA. He scored a 1275 on his SAT.

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