Former Plant City (Fla.) two-way lineman Montel McBride hasn't played in a football game for more than a year.
He last suited up as a Semper Fidelis All-American in January 2014. The following month, he signed with Alabama, the school he had been committed to for seven months at the time.
McBride didn't qualify academically, ala Bo Scarbrough, and a detour before an Alabama career was apparent. Even then, his path to Iowa Western Community College was delayed, so it wasn't until this spring when true football activities resumed.
"We just started spring ball last week," he said. "I came up mid-semester (in the fall of 2014). It was a little crazy, not playing, but I had to take care of some businesses before I had to come to school."
Likely to play offensive line at the next level, McBride says he has been hungry throughout the long layoff.
"Hell yea I have," he said.
"I'm the same height (6-foot-4) and a Little bigger, but I'm trying to get smaller. I feel like I'll be more effective and productive as a guard."
Iowa Western is a national power among junior college programs, with many FBS and Power-5 prospects on the roster. McBride is planning on being another, hoping the road leads him back to Tuscaloosa, where he hasn't been since an official visit two weeks before initially signing with Nick Saban's program.
"That's the plan" he said. "We talk every once and a while. They're coming by during spring. (Offensive line) Coach (Mario) Cristobal has been on me. It's been a while, I might be going up in the summer but I'll be in summer school.
"But if it works out I really would like to go 'Bama. It's my dream school and I feel like its the ol' university of America."
Texas has also reached out to McBride, who could be a class of 2016 recruit, since enrolling at Iowa Western. He is in no rush to make a final decision.
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