Most schools are recruiting McKeesport, PA prospect Travis McBride as a running back, but NC State is more than set at the position, at least for the near future. The Pack is recruiting him as a defensive back and have positioned themselves well to make a run at the versatile athlete.
The coach of McKeesport Area High School, George Smith, played football for North Carolina State at the same time as Chuck Amato, so it's no surprise McBride is considering the Wolfpack.
"I really don't know too much about the school just yet, but they've been recruiting me pretty hard," said McBride. "I've talked to their coaches and they send me a lot of letters. They've offered, so I've kind of kept up with how they've been doing this year. It's a place I might visit down the road, but I haven't set those up yet."
On the season the 6-1, 195-pound McBride has carried the ball 100 times for more than 1,300 yards.
"Some schools are recruiting me as a running back, then you've got others like NC State that would probably play me at defensive back. The best things in my favor on the field are my vision, speed and shiftiness. I've got good control of my body and I find holes well on offense. I think those things would help make me a good defensive back too."
McKeesport has lost just one game this season. What schools other than NC State are recruiting McBride?
"I've been hearing a lot from Iowa, Penn State, West Virginia and Ohio State. I'm still pretty much wide open, but of all the schools I've been hearing from I like those four and NC State the most. The biggest thing I'm looking for is playing time. All the schools I'm looking at have good football programs. I just want to find a school where I can go into and make an impact. I don't expect to start my first year, but I want to be able to get out on the field."
Iowa, NC State, West Virginia, Louisville, UConn and several other programs
have offered McBride. He projects as an academic qualifier.