Plant City's Montel McBride, a standout lineman was one of many top prospects who competed in Coach Taggart's first Saturday Night Live camp this past weekend.
""The Saturday Night Live was a lot of fun and I had a good time," said McBride. "It was good to get with Coach Taggart and Coach Wells and see how they at both on and off of the field. It was good to be around the competition and I had really enjoyed it."
The 6-foot-4, 330 pound two-way lineman is rated the No. 33 best offensive guard in the country, and even though he's been recruited on both sides of the ball, worked out on offense for the staff.
"I was working out at right guard and left guard too," said McBride. "It doesn't matter which side I play, I can play o-line or d-line just as well."I love offensive line. Smashing people every play is what I do."
The 3-star lineman wanted to show the staff what he could do, and in turn see how they coach
"I think I did pretty well, and I think I impressed the coaches more so than what they've seen of me on film," said McBride. "I wasn't really trying to show them anything other than I already have."
"I wanted to see how they interacted with me, pointers they give, and how they coach and what not," said McBride. "It all went very well and they had an emphasis on teaching me rather than just telling me what to do."
The local prospect got to work closely with the Bulls staff, especially USF O-line Coach Walt Wells.
"I like Coach Wells. He's a real good guy," said McBride. "He's real laidback, but also instructive. Always telling me how to improve my stance, stand, punching a bit more, and timing it and what not. It was good and I like him."
McBride, who was recruited by the previous staff, got a good impression from Coach Willie Taggart and the new staff.
"It was good to be out there with all of them. Coach Woodie, he's my dog. Coach Wells is my buddy too, so it was really good to see how they are both on and off of the field," said McBride. "Afterwards we all ate and got to bond. There just as cool of the field as they are on it. My mom was there too and they got to bond with here as well."
"The new staff is all real cool and I like them," said McBride. "Especially Coach T., he's real cool and real easy to talk to. I really like him and the new staff."
"They're always hitting me up and saying when I am going to do it, when am I going to make my decision," said McBride. "It's not really pressure, they just really want me to come here and be a part of their family, so it's always a good thing to know that I'm welcome in this house."
Besides one from South Florida, McBride is now up to 15 offers including ones from Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Louisville, Mississippi State, and Kentucky, but doesn't have a favorite at this point.
"I don't have a short list, everything is wide open to me," said McBride. "I'm not trying to shorten it down or trim it. I'm just going to make my decision and be done with it. I'll probably do it sometime before the season starts."
McBride does know what's important in making his college choice.
"I'm looking for great academics, which is very important to me. Secondly there has to be a great coaching staff, also me feeling at home, and just having an all-around good environment to be in."
Without naming a short list of favorites, McBride said what his interest level he has in the hometown Bulls.
"They're in the mix and I like them a lot," said McBride. "They got a good staff, and they're right here in my back yard. They got good academics and have my criminology major and have always had a good football program.
The coveted lineman has taken notice of Coach Willie Taggart attention to the local prospects and said that means something.
"They've always tried, but now they're making an emphasis on getting the locals to stay home, it," said McBride. "He said we have to keep our guys home and if we do we'll be great."
"I believe that there is a lot of great talent both known and unknown here," said McBride. "With that being said, Coach Taggart will search, exploit every crevice, every little league on up to find ball players and try to keep them home".
"USF is going to be different and I'm interested to see what they do this year," said McBride. "I just can't wait to see how they ‘shock the world'."
Next up for McBride is a trip to Oregon to compete in Nike's ‘The Opening' in Oregon.
"I'm very excited, I leave Sunday. "I can't wait for it it's a one in a life time opportunity, so I'm going to make the most out of it. I'm just going to go out there and do my thing and be the best player that I can be."