Camden (N.J.) Woodrow Wilson standout Turk McBride is coming on strong at defensive end.
"I love rushing the passer," McBride said. "I play wide receiver on offense because I'm faster than most of the defensive backs that I play against. Plus my size gives me a big advantage."
McBride, who said he was recently timed at 4.52 over 40 yards at the end of summer workouts, also runs track.
"I ran an 11.2 100m last year," he said. "I also threw the shot 51 feet and the discus 147."
McBride, who carries a 2.9 core GPA at the same high school that produced current standout Jamaal Green, said he now has 43 scholarship offers that have come via the mail.
"I keep track every day," he said. "I remember when I didn't have any. Now I have 43 and some of them are from some great schools."
When asked about his early list of favorites, McBride made it clear that recruiting is the last thing on his mind right now.
"I haven't even though about anything like that," he said. "I haven't thought about going where it's hot or cold, big or small, or anything like that. I didn't even go to any summer camps this year because I wanted to stay home and work out with my teammates. When my high school career is over, that's when I'll start on recruiting."
The talented defensive end did talk very highly of the Hurricanes.
"Oh Miami is definitely near the top of my list," he said. "I've loved Miami since my 9th grade year. They sent me my very first letter and that meant a lot to me. They've been recruiting me for quite awhile and were one of the first schools to offer me. I love Miami. We had a kid here (Green) that went to Miami and has done really well. He loves it there he said. I don't know him personally except I remember seeing him in the weightroom the summer before my 8th grade year when he was getting ready to leave for Miami."
The talented defensive end said he couldn't believe the physical tools Green had at that age.
"I remember seeing him and he was so big and so fast, it was amazing," he said. "He left here at about 230 and now he's 270. He was running a 4.5 at the time and I remember saying to myself 'I wish I could be like that someday.' Well now I'm probably as big and as fast as he was."
McBride said he enjoyed talking with UM defensive line coach Greg Mark during the spring.
"Coach Mark is real cool," he said. "Me and Elijah Robinson will be setting up an official visit to Miami when they start calling again in September. I love Miami and that's one of the places I want to see."
McBride, who had a brother just sign with West Virginia, is considering close to a dozen more schools. However, his main focus is on the season.
"All I'm thinking about is going 12-0," he said. "Last year our defense averaged 9 points per game given up. This year we want it under 7. Plus we have a goal of not allowing any running back to get 65 yards or any quarterback to get 75 yards passing. I can't wait to start up on the 19th. It's that time of year again."
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