February 22, 2008

McCullen favors ASU

Apache Junction (Ariz.) running back Shane McCullen is one of the local stars garnering interest in the 2009 class.

The 6-2 190 lb McCullen first came to the attention of many recruiters last April after being named the overall MVP and Fastest Man of the 2007 National Underclassmen.com Showcase in Los Angeles following his sophomore season.

At that event McCullen displayed his outstanding athletic ability with a 35-inch vertical, 4.47 second 40 yard dash, 4.44 second shuttle, and 22 bench reps at 150 pounds. He also had a record setting 10-foot-3.5-inch broad jump. Just last month at the Phoenix Nike Combine he placed fourth overall in SRARQ Rating.

McCullen is coming off a strong junior season in which he was named all-region and all-state honorable mention. He carried the ball 243 times for 1525 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also had six catches for 89 yards and one touchdown in addition to seeing some time on the defensive side of the ball at cornerback where he totaled 23 tackles and two interceptions. He expects to play safety next year in addition to his running back duties and is open to playing on either side of the ball at the next level
"I don't really have a preference," McCullen said. "I just want to play in college. I like offense a little more than defense but I really don't have a preference."

Currently McCullen is running track for Apache Junction and focusing on the 2009 football season.

"We are small in size but I think we are going to be a lot faster than we were this past season," he said. "I still think we are going to do good and make the playoffs again. We want to win State; our whole team wants to win State. That has been our goal the past 5 years.

"Personally I want to do better. I don't think I did as good as I could have done this last season. I think I could have run a lot harder. I want to work on being more physical when I am running."

McCullen said he is receiving early recruiting attention from schools across the country.

"I have been getting a lot of letters," he said. "ASU, Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington State and Cal are the ones I am interested in. I have talked to ASU, Oregon State and Washington State over email and I have spoken to one of the Colorado coaches over the phone. I am headed out to Colorado this spring for their Junior Day"

When asked what factors would help him make his college choice, McCullen said, "I want a nice place and basically I just want to be close to home that is one of the biggest things."

McCullen, while not currently holding any offers, would be open to making an early commitment. "I would like to make a commitment early on, so that I can focus on the 2009 season."

A pair of schools are standing out to him right now and he makes no secret about having an early favorite.

"I love ASU," McCullen said. "Both of my parents went to ASU. I like the way they play and I have always liked watching ASU play. ASU is my No. 1 school. Right now I am also really interested in Colorado. I would prefer to stay in the Pac-10 but right now I just really want to go to college."

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