April 9, 2008

McCullen increasingly generating interest

The Rivals.com Five-Star Academy at Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton High School on Sunday had some of the best talent in the state on hand. One of the top athlete prospects in attendance was 6-foot-2 1/2, 191-pound Shane McCullen of Apache Junction High School.

McCullen had just got back in town from attending Colorado's Junior Day.

"The junior day was real good," McCullen said. "I had a good time touring the campus and facilities. I met with a few of the coaches and talked with them about their program and I really liked how they run things. It reminds me of our football program at school."

There was one area in particular that stood out to McCullen.

"I was also impressed with their academics, they offer tons of help," McCullen said. "Overall it was lots of fun and I enjoyed the experience."

McCullen, who maintains he has no favorites, said Colorado is the school that has been recruiting him the hardest. However, another school recently became the first to offer.

"I got offered by Army and I was real pumped up about it," McCullen said. "I was running around the house all excited and happy that I just got my first offer."

Along with the offer from Army, McCullen said recruiting has really picked up. He has received junior day invites from Cal, Idaho, New Mexico State, Rutgers, San Diego State, Wyoming and UNLV. He also was invited to Arizona State's Junior Day but he had already committed to attend Colorado's event.

"Everything was already pre-arranged to go to Colorado," McCullen said. "I plan on attending ASU's one day camp and taking an unofficial visit then."

Arizona, Northern Arizona, Oregon State and UTEP are other schools that have been in contact.

"I'm have been talking to Coach Cavanaugh from Oregon State, they are looking at me at safety or outside linebacker, but I just don't have enough defensive footage to make a good highlight tape," McCullen said. "I have just started hearing a lot from UTEP and I just got a hand written letter from Coach Kish at Arizona."

McCullen recently attended the Nike Combine in Los Angeles where he improved his SPARQ rating to 101.7 along with making the All-Combine Team as an athlete. This spring he has begun to prepare to showcase his ability to of play different positions in college.

"I have started working really hard at the free safety position; I really want to make a showing at safety while continuing to work hard at running back," McCullen said. "I also will be working in the slot at times and hope to see some time at wide receiver."

McCullen, who is also running track, just qualified for state championship in the 200 meters and is working to qualify for the 100 meters.

"The plan is to take my time," McCullen said of his focus on recruiting. "I want to get all the offers I can and lay them out on the table and talk to my family about it."



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