June 9, 2008

McCullen unsure of college position

Apache Junction (Ariz.) High School standout Shane McCullen recently added a BCS conference school to his list of offers when California stepped up its pursuit of the talented two-way prospect.

"Coach Golden from Cal offered me," McCullen said. "They want me for safety and Utah recently offered too and they want me at running back. Air Force, Army and Nevada have also offered me for running back."

McCullen has spent most of his time as a running back for the Prospectors but this fall he will start at safety for the first time.

With like programs like Arizona State, Colorado and Oregon State recruiting him for defense and others having offered him as a running back, the next question is whether position matters in his final decision.

"I am honestly really not sure, I am going to have to wait and see what I feel is best," McCullen said. "I like offense because it comes naturally to me but at the same time I do like defense too. So I really don't know yet what position I would want to play yet but regardless I am getting a free education to play football so it's not a bad deal."

The 6-foot-2 194-pounder showed off his excellent speed at the recent track and field state championships where he took 2nd in the 100 meters, 200 meters and in the high jump as well as being a member of champion 4x100 meter team. Next up for McCullen is the summer camp circuit.

"I [attented] Oregon State's camp this weekend and then from there I am headed to Cal's camp. The next camp after that will be ASU's on the 15th. Those are the only camps I definitely going to attend," McCullen said.

McCullen, who plans on majoring in Business Management, is an excellent student. He said he received a 4.0 grade-point average last semester.

At the moment he doesn't have a Top-5 list but his most recent offer has made an impression.

"I am still pretty open. Cal has been one of my favorite schools so they are going to be of high interest, especially do to academics," McCullen said. "I want to check out some more schools. I am going to head up to Nevada and to Colorado Springs to check out Air Force."

Apache Junction just started its summer workouts and McCullen will continue to focus on his team for the time being.

"I think I am going to keep my options open, I don't think it is going to be anytime soon that I would make a commitment," McCullen said. "I want to try to take all of my official visits and get a good look around at all of the different campuses before I make a decision."

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