Colorado State received a visit from a familiar face on Saturday. Fort Morgan (Colo.) star athlete Trey McBride, the younger brother of Rams defensive end Toby McBride, was back in Fort Collins for another unofficial visit. This time, it was for a CSU Junior Day.
McBride received his first scholarship offer from CSU back in February of 2016. He has taken numerous unofficial visits to Fort Collins for Junior Days and games at Hughes Stadium since then. Rams defensive coordinator Marty English recruited Toby to CSU and he has built a strong relationship with Trey over the past couple of years.
CSU continues to make a strong impression on the Scout 3-star, but the 6-foot-4, 235-pound tight end and linebacker is hoping to pick among a quartet of top schools before the start of his senior season.
"California, Colorado and Colorado State, I think, are who I'm focusing on right now," McBride told InsideTheRams.com. "Navy is kind of up there, too. That's pretty much where my focus is."
The two-way standout has visited CSU and CU, and anticipates taking trips to Cal and Navy in the coming months.
McBride is being recruited by CSU to play tight end. If CSU had its way, McBride would follow in the footsteps of older brother Toby, as well as in those of former CSU standout tight end and Denver Bronco Joel Dreessen, who also starred as a prep at Fort Morgan.
A 2016 all-state selection on both the gridiron and hardwood, McBride caught 32 passes for 751 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Mustangs, according to Maxpreps.com. He was all over the field defensively, too, accounting for 124 tackles, 30 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, 2 interceptions (one returned for a score), and a fumble return for a touchdown. He could play either tight end or linebacker in college, but most colleges have expressed their interest in lining him up at tight end.
Older brother Toby has been intentional to stay clear from Trey's recruitment as much as possible. He'll input a tip here or there to help his brother through a process he, too, experienced two years prior. The McBrides are a close-knit family, and while Trey would love to play college football in Fort Collins with Toby, it won't be a deciding factor when he makes his commitment.
"There's definitely that urge to play with him, just because he's my family member, just to kind of stay close with him and be with him, because I would always know somebody on the team and stuff like that. That's always in my head, but it's definitely not what I'm basing it off of is him," McBride explained. "So, yes, it would be cool to play with him, but it'll also be cool to not play with him and play against him. We'll just have to see how it happens, but he's not really affecting me that much. He's helping me and he wants what's best for me, not kind of what's best for him.
"He's not telling me where he wants me to go. He's kind of in it with me, but he has kind of helped me with it (the recruiting process) a little bit."
McBride recapped his visit to CSU on Saturday, which was highlighted by time spent with Rams head coach Mike Bobo in the film room.
"I went up with my family. We sat through a practice - they scrimmaged yesterday, so we got to watch that a little bit. I sat down with Coach Bobo and it was good. We got to watch some film with the tight ends coach (Joe Cox). We were in the room watching film of what they do with their tight ends and how they use them. He (Bobo) was just kind of showing me that they use their tight ends a lot, how they use them and just kind of explaining how he wants to use me and what he wants to do with me if I end up going there. He just told me how I could affect their program."
Taking a tour of CSU's new on-campus stadium was a unique and memorable experience for McBride, who had yet to see the Rams' new home starting this fall.
"That was really cool to kind of see. It's not completely done; I think it still has two more months of construction. But you can kind of tell what everything is and stuff like that," McBride explained. "It was good to see the new facilities and see the new stadium. That was definitely different and very interesting to see. Sitting down with some of the coaches and talking with Coach Bobo, that was good, too."
Further building his relationships with Bobo and Cox was a priority of McBride's on the visit. Having built a tight bond with English since his sophomore season, McBride already knows what to expect from the Rams' defensive leader.
Recruiting Toby two years ago gave English a head start on the recruitment of Trey.
"It's really good," the younger McBride said of his relationship with English. "He's come out to my house before for Toby. He comes by the school every once in a while. It's a good relationship we have. Everything's good with him, so it's definitely been a good process. He actually came on the (stadium) tour with his, so I got to spend some time with him. Our relationship is definitely strong and he's been with my brother a lot, so it's a pretty strong relationship that we have right now."
McBride said input from his family will factor into his decision the strongest. Location won't necessarily play a major role, but he admitted it would be nice for his parents to be able to drive to his home games on Saturdays.
In 2016, McBride earned conference Player of the Year and first team all-state in football. He was honored as an all-state and all-conference honoree in hoops as well, having averaged over 18 points and 10 rebounds per game.