Sean McBryde ready for signing day

Sean McBryde is coming to West Point this fall from deep in the heart of Texas. When the 6-foot-4, 210-pound safety committed in July he became the first member of Army's 2012 recruiting class. Six months later he's ready to make it official on National Signing Day.


"I've always had that military presence in my life growing up in the Foot Hood area near the biggest Army post in the United States," said Sean McBryde. "When I committed, it just felt right.

"The education is out of this world. The coaches and the players were my kind of people. It's an honor to be going to West Point."

McBryde was a three-year starter at Killeen Ellison High School where his father, Buddy McBryde, is the head football coach. Although his future at Army is likely at safety, McBryde played outside linebacker and running back in his senior season for the Eagles. He accumulated 115 tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles, and two fumbles recoveries in the fiercely competitive Texas 5A classification.

"I was thinking about all of the Division 1 players I've gone against in my high school career," McBryde said. "I've played against players who are at Texas now and in the SEC. Last year I picked off David Ash, the UT quarterback.

"This year I stepped up as a leader. I felt like I was stronger, faster, and more aggressive. I'm a defensive-minded player. I love going after the football and hitting them where it hurts."

McBryde mad First Team All-Area in the Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood metro area. He was also First Team Academic All-District and All-State Honorable mention. After the season, McBryde took his official visit to West Point with his mother to tour the Academy.

"It was great," said McBryde. "They took us through the museum. They have many famous alumni ranging from Generals to Senators and Presidents. It was very cool to learn about more of the history of West Point.

"Thomas Holloway was may player-host. He's a great guy who helped show me around and was very informative. That night we went bowling, and I got to meet more of the guys on the team."

Before McBryde leaves from the U.S.M.A. prep School in mid-July he has one more football game to play. He'll participate in the FCA Super Centex Victory Bowl featuring seniors from 12 Central Texas counties. The game is played June 6th in Waco.

McBryde chose Army over offers from Air Force, Rice and North Texas. He was recruited to West Point by John Mumford.

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