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Target Stefan McClure chooses Cal

Three-star defensive back Stefan McClure (Vista, Calif./Vista) committed to California on Thursday, adding yet another prospect to UCLA's long list of misses.

"UCLA is a great school and I still feel coach (Rick) Neuheisel has them going in the right direction," McClure told ESPN.com's Greg Biggins. "It wasn't that UCLA did anything wrong, I just felt Cal was the best place for me. It was definitely not an easy decision for me, both are great schools and I would fit in very well at both places but in the end, I just thought Cal was where I needed to be."

UCLA was always considered a favorite to land McClure -- the CIF San Diego Section Defensive Player of the Year -- but he wavered in the final days before announcing.

The uncertainty surrounding UCLA's defense couldn't have helped. Defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough was fired on Dec. 18 and Neuheisel has yet to hire a replacement.