Making the trip up to support several of his teammates at an Auburn camp, McBryde used the opportunity to get even closer to coaches like Gus Malzahn, Charlie Harbison and Scott Fountain. That included one-on-one time with the head coach during the camp, something McBryde said was special.
"It was a great day out there," McBryde said. "We had some players (from Charles Henderson) going to the camp so I came up with them. I got a chance to talk to the coaches while I was there.
"When the defensive linemen were out there doing drills he (Malzahn) talked to me about which players would best-fit the team and things like that. It was real big for me to get to talk with him. We also talked about when I plan on making my decision and I was like ‘I don't know yet.' Just stuff like that."
Malzahn and McBryde
A big-time player for the Trojans, McBryde is someone Auburn has pushed hard for since offering him early in the spring. Capable of playing several different positions for the Tigers in the 4-2-5 scheme, he said it feels good to know he's wanted so much.
"It means a lot when the head coach talks to you about your recruiting and thinks you should commit," McBryde noted. "My relationship with all the coaches has grown. They talk to me like family now; not like coaches but like a father figure."
Still hoping to making his decision before his senior season begins, McBryde said at the moment he's still looking at five programs. With Auburn, Alabama, Florida, Florida State and possibly Miami still in the running he said things are beginning to come together for him and now it's just a matter of finding the right one and the right time.
"I'm just looking for somewhere that I can get a great education," McBryde said. "Somewhere I can play football with coaches that, off the field, are like father-figures to me."