What it means: When I saw Nate McBride play in late fall 2014 he was the best player on the field that night. Two other players from GAC eventually signed with Auburn and Tennessee, and they were both two years older than McBride.
But best football player on the field doesn’t always mean development into the best linebacker on the field in three years. That’s the challenge McBride faces in an SEC that’s becoming more and more dictated by offenses.
He’s also going to have a lot of competition around him at the linebacker spot in Athens over the next couple of seasons. Still, McBride is a great example of identifying talent early in the recruiting process in a state as talent rich as Georgia - and sticking with him along the way.
I look forward to seeing if the McBride I saw that November night will develop into a major contributor over the next few falls.
Dean Legge saw him live: 2014 Mark Richt Camp; 2014 Greater Atlanta Christian vs. Vidalia
Chad Simmons says: A young man that has it. Very smart on the field for his age and a very instinctive player. Recognizes things quickly and gets to the ball in a hurry. Plays both sides of the ball, but he is defense on the next level. Could be a linebacker that trains at multiple positions. Good size with speed and a strong tackler.