Schools backing off 'Bama commitment

Alabama secured a verbal commitment from Montel McBride just over a month ago, and schools have slowed in their pursuit of the guard prospect since.

Admittedly surprised when Alabama offered him in early June, Montel McBride was as hot as it gets over the summer. Capping his torrid offer and accolade campaign was a date at The Opening, a prestigious camp of high school football elites put on by Nike.

The Plant City (Fla.) offensive line standout was looking to create a spark for the school that immediately shot to the top of his list, and he committed on July 2, less than a month after he learned of his offer from the Crimson Tide.

As the case with many programs once they lose out on a commitment to Nick Saban and company, things have slowed down for McBride. He visited Tuscaloosa for the first time in mid-July and has been focusing on his final high school campaign ever since.

"Actually, I'm kind of slipping back off the radar and just getting back to my team and my boys," said McBride. "We're getting ready for my season."

The three-star guard prospect, who checks in at 6-foot-4, 305 pounds, has a few things he wants to focus on as his high school's camp carries on and the season inches closer.

"My leadership and holding everyone accountable as I do myself," he said.

A goal of McBride's is to contend for a state championship, before hoping to contend for a national championship at Alabama. The coaching staff touched base with one of its four offensive line commitments on Sunday.

"Alabama got in contact with me today, it was Coach [Mario] Cristobal," he said. "I'm very comfortable with him.

"I like his style of coaching, he's a great guy to be around. I just love it."

FOX Sports NEXT/ currently ranks McBride as the No. 36 guard prospect nationally in the class of 2014.

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