UW offers Mater Dei receiver previously sought elsewhere by staff


Jeremiah McClure looks a lot like Terrell Bynum between the lines. Both are quick and quick receivers from football-rich Southern California and high-power high school programs, wear the No.1 jersey and can catch football on the spot.

Bynum, who finished at St. John Bosco High, will soon return for his senior season at the University of Washington and find out what Kalen DeBoer’s powerful offense is all about.

McClure is set to spend another year in Santa Ana at Mater Dei Catholic High School, which just finished a 12-0 season with all the trimmings – a CIF Open State Championship and a No.1 nationwide ranking.

On Sunday, the Huskies offered a scholarship to the 6-foot-1, 195-pound junior wide receiver for whom they compiled a hefty record, hoping he’ll replace Bynum at some point.

The UW staff and this recruit have known each other for a long time.

McClure had previously received a scholarship offer in September from the Michigan Wolverines and then recruiting coordinator Courtney Morgan, who is now in Washington.

That same month, Fresno State and DeBoer reached out to the up-and-coming prospect, trying to get his attention by sending him a picture of himself in a Bulldogs uniform. Now the coach wants him to come to Seattle.

McClure, who played his second season of football for St. Augustine High School in San Diego before transferring, brings a speed of 4.48 seconds on 40 yards to the game.

He showed ample glow in his penultimate outing this season, the Southern California 2-AA Regional Championship game, when he caught an 80-yard shot with his fingertips for points-game winners in a 24-21. victory over Helix.

McClure and the Monarchs won their national championship the same night Bryce Young, former Mater Dei quarterback and now Alabama rookie, won the Heisman Trophy.

Maybe some of these ultimate rewards will rub off on the Huskies if they manage to sign that receiver.

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