McBryde Makes It Back To Auburn

Richard McBryde talks about making a final visit to Auburn before signing day.

Troy, Ala.--Considering a visit to Florida this weekend before signing with Auburn on Wednesday, longtime Tigers’ commitment Richard McBryde decided against seeing the Gators and instead was back on the Plains.

With several defensive line visitors on campus as Auburn tries to put the finishing touches on the 2015 class, McBryde said he wanted to do his part to help and along with way build a stronger relationship with his future coaches.

“It was very important for me,” McBryde said about coming back to Auburn this weekend. “It’s the last week of recruiting, it’s about to come to an end. I was just happy to be up there again trying to recruit people and spend time with the rest of the recruits and the commits.”

With the Gators still pushing hard to get him to take a visit, McBryde considered the trip because Auburn is the only official visit he has taken since getting backhome from the Under Armour All-American Game. While it was tempting, in the end he said that the Tigers deserved his loyalty.

“I had never visited Florida and I wanted to go visit since it was an official visit,” McBryde said. “I chose to come back to Auburn because I am choosing to play there my next four years and I need a couple of defensive linemen to take on blocks for me.”

Also working hard to make sure he’s ready to go academically when he reports to campus next summer, McBryde said the guidance he continues to get from Auburn about what he needs in the classroom has also been important for him. His mom reminded him of that this week and it was yet another reason for a return trip.

“They have been telling me what I needed to do with my academics since I started talking to them,” McBryde said. “They have been recruiting me the hardest. I just listened to her and came back up there.”

In the end for McBryde much of the last month has been about relationship building with new defensive coordinator Will Muschamp and new position coach Lance Thompson. He said every chance he gets to do those things is time well spent in his mind.

“It was very important,” he said. “I’ve got to get to know the coaches for my position. I just go up there, sit with them in the film room, and go over schemes and things like that.”

With his decision done and no doubts, McBryde said he’s anxious to get Wednesday’s signing day behind him so he can focus on getting ready for his freshman season with the Tigers.

“I’m very excited,” McBryde said. “It will come to an end and the coaches will stop calling.”

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