McBride Camping with Hawkeyes

Jerry McBride has seen his recruitment pick up since a strong sophomore season at Hannibal (MO) High last fall. The versatile athlete plans to camp with several big programs this summer, including Iowa. He talked with HI about the Hawkeyes, who visited him at his school on Friday.

With 17,000 people, Hannibal, Missouri qualifies as a quaint Midwestern town. It's claim to fame is being the boyhood home of Mark Twain.

Jerry McBride hopes to prove that more comes out of Hannibal than famous authors. They play a little football in the Missouri town 100 miles north of St. Louis.

College coaches are contacting the Class of 2016 athlete. He said he will camp at Iowa (June 1), Michigan, Michigan State and Missouri this summer with the goal of earning scholarship offers.

"I want to show them that a small-town kid can play with big-town boys," the 6-foot, 180-pound McBride said.

Kansas and Indiana also are involved with McBride, he said.

"(The Jayhawks) would love to see me at their Friday night lights camp. Indiana does as well," McBride said.

Iowa Graduate Assistant Chris Pilozzi visited McBride at Hannibal High on Friday. They finalized McBride's Hawkeye camp stop on June 1.

"We talked about that and the school. It's exciting to talk about," McBride said.

Colleges are recruiting McBride as a wide receiver and defense back. He reports running the 40-yard dash in 4.55 seconds. He participates in the 100 (11.3) and 200 (22.9) meters for the Hannibal track team.

"I love (the Hawkeyes). I had a cousin who attended school there and told me he had a great experience. They have a wonderful football program," McBride said.

McBride wants to major in Business Management in college.

"I want to find a great family experience and the chance to pursue my football career," he said.

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