Tigers Still Lead For Versatile Defender

Athletic defender Richard McBryde talks about the Auburn Tigers and why they are still at the top.

Troy, Ala.--Rated a three-star prospect and the number 19 middle linebacker in the country by Scout.com, talented Richard McBryde from Charles Henderson High is a versatile player capable of playing several different positions on the next level.

With offers out of the SEC and ACC as well as schools such as Nebraska and USC, the 6-2, 215 McBryde is focused squarely on the Southeastern Conference as he recruiting continues to heat up heading into the summer months before his senior season.

"It's still the same at the moment," McBryde said. "It's Auburn, Alabama, Florida and LSU. Auburn is still at the top right now."

A frequent visitor to the Plains since last spring, McBryde has had plenty of opportunities to see the Tigers and get to know the coaching staff. Already very familiar with Coach Scott Fountain after playing for his brother in his early years of high school, the athletic defender was recently back in Auburn to check out the A-Day game and said he saw plenty of things to like.

"I saw the fast-paced offense like everybody else," McBryde said. "The defense looks like it still needs a little help. While I was watching the game I was picturing myself out there and seeing if I fit in."

Richard McBryde

Because of a combination of size and speed that allowed him to record 160 tackles and 30 tackles for losses last season, McBryde is a player that could be a perfect fit in Auburn's ‘star' position in Coach Ellis Johnson's scheme. Similar in size to a current Tiger at that spot, he said that was his focus when he was taking in the recent game.

"I mostly watched Justin Garrett," McBryde said. "I think that would be a good fit for me because I can man up on the second receiver. It's also close enough to the edge of the defense that I could still blitz on certain downs."

Saying that Auburn is a program that is enticing at the moment because of the need for depth on defense and the excitement surrounding the program, McBryde said he's still not close to a decision at the moment and has more to do before he pulls the trigger.

"I'm probably just going to wait until national signing day to make my decision," McBryde said. "I plan on visiting LSU, Florida and some of the schools I haven't seen as much."

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