April 9, 2008

AZ running back excited about Army offer

Running Back Shane McCullen of Apache Junction (AZ) Apache Junction could barely contain himself when his first offer (Army) came through. "Coach Waugh (Adam) wrote me a letter in the mail and told me he wanted to talk to me on the phone about an offer," declares the speedy back. "I just called him and that's when he told me that they were offering me - I was excited and I was jumping around the house. I was kind of shock because I wasn't expecting Army … I hadn't heard that much from them until then. My parents were just as excited as I was. They were calling the rest of the family and letting everyone know about the Army offer."

Even though the offer is exciting, McCullen said he's not in any rush to make a decision. Hence, the swift running back is taking his time and making the best his Junior Day visits.

He visited Colorado for their Junior Day last week, was suppose to attend Cal's but had something previously planned that weekend and he missed ASU's because of the Colorado Junior Day, so he will be taking an unofficial there (ASU). "I'm actually on my way to Arizona State to their practice," shares McCullen.

All this is being done while maintaining a hectic off-season workout program along with participating in track.

In conjunction with his lifting every morning, McCullen trains at Velocity (Speed & Strength Conditioning), as well as running the 100M, 200M, 4x100 and the high jump for Apache Junction High School. His best 100M time is 11.12 (electronic), he's run a 4.54 (electronic) at the Nike Combine (Long Beach, Calif) in March and he also has a 35 inch vertical.

When it comes to other colleges showing interest, 6-foot-2, 190 pound back said there is a consistent group of schools that have emerged and those recruiting him the hardest are Army, Colorado and ASU.

McCullen, who was primarily used on offense last season, is now working at safety and will start on both sides of the ball this year. Last year saw him rush just short of 1,600 yards, while adding 14 touchdowns to his junior resume.

Does the Arizona prospect have a location preference when it comes to selecting a college? "It (location) affects it a little, and I would like to stay close to my family because it would make it easier, but then again it wouldn't bother me," says McCullen. "It is something I would talk over with my family once everything settles down."

McCullen who has a 3.57 GPA is looking for that special connection when deciding on a college. "I want to be in good program, that is like a family … where I feel at home and the coaches are strict with you about getting your grades, and keeping everything right," said McCullen.

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