McBryde Still A Tiger

Auburn commitment Richard McBryde talks about his decision to be a Tiger, the change at defensive coordinator and more.

Montgomery, Ala.--With Auburn looking for a new defensive coordinator following the firing of Ellis Johnson, it’s a time of limbo for several Tigers’ commitments, including linebacker Richard McBryde out of Charles Henderson High in Troy. While he admits the coaching shakeup came as a little surprise to him, the talented defender said it doesn’t change his plans to be at Auburn next year.

“I was kind of expecting it to happen, but I didn’t know the timing,” McBryde said. “I thought they were going to give him another year and try again next year to see what was going to happen. When they did it I was surprised.

“I still ask them every day who they plan on getting,” he added of Auburn. “They just tell me that they’re still looking and stuff like that. I think I’m still fully committed to Auburn though. It’s just the coaches. They are like family figures for me. Coach Cheese (Charlie Harbison) is like a daddy to me. He’ll call and ask about my grades and come see me and stuff.”

McBryde had a solid first day at linebacker for the Alabama team

One of the coaches who has been talked about in relation to Auburn’s vacant coordinator job is former Florida Coach Will Muschamp. A former assistant for the Tigers and a top defensive coordinator, he’s someone Mcbryde would welcome on the Plains.

“I have never met Coach Muschamp, but one of my old coaches was a GA with him,” McBryde said. “My old coach said that Muschamp is kind of like him. My old coach loved the game of defense and I’m pretty sure Coach Muschamp does too.”

Planning to take visits to LSU and Florida after both continued to recruit him throughout the process, McBryde said he still looks at Auburn as his home and right now that’s not changing.

“I’m still a Tiger right now.”

Hoping to show how much he likes to compete, McBryde is definitely a player to watch on the Alabama all-star team's defense this week. Growing up dreaming of playing in this game one day, he said for him being in Montgomery is more than he could hope for.

“It’s a great blessing playing in the Alabama-Mississippi game with a whole bunch of all-stars,” McBryde said. “Going head-to-head with the best from the State of Alabama and the State of Mississippi is a real blessing. I’m just honored to be here.”

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