McBride, a 6-foot-3.5, 232-pound TE/DE/LB, landed an offer from Cal on Wednesday afternoon and later pulled out a CHSAA basketball playoff victory. This all comes on the heels of a conversation with Wyoming head coach Craig Bohl and a recent trip to CU to check out the home of the Buffaloes.
“It was good, I got on the phone with them for 15, 20 minutes and talked about why they wanted to offer me. Just kind of told me about their school and how they want me to come and visit,” McBride said of the Cal offer.
“I talked to the offensive coordinator [Beau Baldwin] then they put me on with the head coach [Justin] Wilcox. It was really interesting.”
Cal has been doing its recent due diligence in the recruitment of McBride. CU’s conference rival is open to whatever position the 2018 three-star picks, with the Buffs leaning the same way.
“They called me head coach and talked for 45 minutes,” McBride continued on Cal. “[Wednesday] I had a class with my head coach, we got on the phone with Cal and it all happened.”
Up to this week’s nod from the Pac-12, it has mostly been Mountain West interest for the Fort Morgan product. Boulder’s beauty and CU’s facilities worked their magic on the 2018-and-beyond visitors last weekend.
“That was really cool. I went last Saturday for the junior day that was awesome. Got to see all the facilities and get to know the coaches a little better,” McBride said on CU.
The in-state prospect spoke with a list of CU coaches during the unofficial visit: D.J. Eliot, Jim Jeffcoat, Gary Bernardi and Mike MacIntyre. We’ll start at the top of the coaching chain.
“I spoke to coach Mac briefly, he said he likes the way I play, No. 13. So he knew who I was and stuff which was cool. Coach Bernardi was kind of with us the whole time; I went to his meeting room. He talked about what position I like more, outside linebacker or tight end,” McBride said.
“[Bernardi] really is an old school guy. He told me he’s been coaching for 37 years that kind of opened my eyes. He said that’s all he know is football."
CU's new defensive coordinator already has Colorado connections. Those early roots will surely help in closing the borders to invading Bears.
“[Coach Eliot] has family that lives in Brush, which is down the road. We kind of talked about that and how his family knew who I was and stuff like that. About how he’s going to be around a lot," McBride said.
The Buffs further evaluated him this week, and stepped up to the plate on Friday afternoon.
"I was speechless after getting an offer from them," McBride said. "I talked to Coach Bernardi again and then I got on the phone with Coach Mac. I am just honored to get a scholarship to play for the Buffaloes. To know some of these bigger schools are interested means a lot to me."
The green and gold elephant in the room looms in Fort Collins. McBride’s brother, Toby, appeared in 13 games for the Rams this past fall as a true freshman. CSU has of course offered.
“That’s good. Of course my brother goes there, I talk to him a lot. I was planning on going this weekend to their junior day, but now I have to cancel that for our playoff game,” McBride said of CSU.
“They’re still talking to me and stuff like that. … He was the first person I talked to. He said that’s awesome, but to keep working hard and keep your options open.”
The McBride brothers very well could reunite at CSU, but they could also face off on opposing teams in the college game.
"Toby was actually one of the first people I talked to [about my CU offer], before I even announced it on Twitter," Trey said. "He is actually really excited for me. He is not forcing me to do anything. He kind of wants what is best for me, not what is best for him. I think it would be cool to play with him, it is always an option, but I am not really leaning toward anything right now. I am kind of just relaxing and going with the flow for now."
McBride hopes to visit Berkeley this spring or summer and he is sorting out other junior days and camps. Maxpreps.com credits the three-star with 751 yards receiving, 11 touchdowns, 124 total tackles and 7.5 sacks as a junior.