Vidalia, Ga.--One of the top linebacker prospects in the South for the 2017 class, 6-2, 228 Nate McBride visited Auburn last spring and was back on the Plains to check out the Tigers this weekend. Impressed by Coach Travis Williams and his energy on the recruiting trail so far, McBride said Auburn made a serious move for him on the trip.
It was a trip that McBride didn’t have scheduled until Williams changed his spring visit schedule to include McBride’s high school, a move that showed the talented linebacker just how much he was wanted by the Tigers.
“It was definitely important, especially with Coach Williams,” McBride said. “He’s definitely bought-in on me. He’s really, really excited and the whole coaching staff with Coach (Kevin) Steele. It was definitely a key for Auburn I would say.
“He’s a great guy,” he added of Williams. “He’s straightforward and that’s what I like. He’s young so me and him can connect a lot better that some of the older coaches. That’s not always a bad thing. He’s a great guy and played linebacker in the pros and college so he knows what it’s like. I have a feeling he’s going to be a great coach.”
Williams is in charge of a linebacker group that has very little experience returning next season with Tre Williams and JaViere Mitchell the only two that have real game action under their belts. That’s something that McBride said could be a factor for him because of the opportunity to play, but in the end it’s not a concern for him.
“It’s definitely something that factors in,” McBride said. “It wouldn’t matter to me who was there at linebacker at any school because I’m going to compete to be a starter, but it’s a key factor. It just makes them push harder and realize how much they have to get certain players. I think it’s not just a show they put on. They really bought in on who they want and who they’re going to get and who they’re going to try to get.”
Getting plenty of one-on-one time with the coaches while on his visit, McBride said Auburn definitely made a push for him and the Tigers are neck and neck with the Bulldogs and Crimson Tide as he gets ready for the spring.
“I had a lot of fun,” McBride said. “I thought it was going to be a regular junior day, but it was just me and one other guy. I got to spend a lot of one-on-one time with the coaches. I still got to see everything and go to the rec center and academic center and all that. It was a great time. Last time I was there was a spring practice so I didn’t really get to see anything.
"It was one of the best times I’ve had at a college in a while. I’ve been to Georgia and Alabama multiple times and it was only the second time I’ve been there. It was a great experience.
“I was impressed,” he added. “They’re probably up there with Georgia and Alabama right now. Auburn has peaked in a little bit.”