Recruiting: Is Turk McBride a New DE in the Mix?

At 6-4, 240 pounds, with a 4.5 forty, <B>Turk McBride</B> is a pass-rushing terror from Camden, New Jersey. And McBride is doing his best to gain an invite to visit the Forty Acres.

Up to this point, it hasn't been very clear as to whether or not the Texas coaching staff has mutual interest, but you'd think they do given the difficulty Mack Brown and staff have had thus far landing more than one DE commit. Bruce Davis, after committing to the Horns and then decommitting early, has been off the board for a while, Justin Warren committed to R.C. Slocum/Dennis Franchione and Alonzo Dotson pulled the commitment trigger in favor of OU. That leaves Jarvis Moss, Kirston Pittman and possibly Turk McBride. IT caught up with the New Jersey prep to learn a little more about his current situation.

"I'm not sure what's going on right now," Turk said. "My coach said he spoke to Mack Brown yesterday and they were discussing the possibility of me going up there."

But nothing is set up at this point and frankly it's rather difficult to comprehend.

"Well, my coach said that he and Coach Brown were playing phone tag today so nothing new to report as of yet, but I'm hoping to get an official because I really like Texas," said the nation's No. 3-ranked defensive end.

Perhaps it's a qualification issue?

"I've got a 780 SAT score and should be able to qualify on the NCAA sliding scale," Turk said. "But Texas wanted to see my transcript so my coach sent that to them yesterday. I'm not satisfied with my SAT score... I know I can do better than that and will retake it on the 25th of January."

According to McBride, the appeal of playing ball for the Burnt Orange started when December rolled around. And that after sitting down with his high school coach to discuss the schools in contention, one was missing. That was the Texas Longhorns, a school has found himself extremely interested in since Ricky Williams was running people over on his way to the Heisman Trophy. That interested is heightened with the graduation of senior UT DE Cory Redding.

As for when the first contact from the Texas coaches was made, the nation's 32nd-ranked player overall said, "This past weekend, when I was on my official visit to N.C. State, they called me. Obviously, I wasn't around to take the call. That's the first time that I know of."

Turk has visited Tennessee, Ohio State and N.C. State. He has Virginia Jan. 24, but will retake the SAT that Saturday and catch a flight immediately after its completion. That leaves this weekend (Jan. 17) and Jan. 31-Feb. 2 open with the latter more likely due to time constraints, but don't rule out a visit this weekend because it's clear the two sides are communicating with one another. That said, Turk said he has no qualms of using his fifth and final official for Jan. 31 weekend and he feels that there is plenty of time to get a visit set up by then, if not this weekend.

With 61 tackles, 12.5 sacks, 1 INT, 4 blocked punts, 4 forced fumbles and 4 fumble recoveries, not to mention two returned TDs (one on a fumble recovery and one on an INT), this kid had a nice senior campaign.

As a junior, he was even more productive notching 67 tackles, 16.5 sacks, 5 punt blocks and 2 forced fumbles.

In track and field, he actually runs the 100 meters if you can believe that. His best time as a junior was an 11.3 (which would slightly raise his forty time to the 4.65-4.7 range, which is still very fast for a guy carrying 240 pounds) but he said he's gotten a little quicker. He also has a 51-foot heave in the shot-put and 147-foot mark in the discus throw. All impressive, nonetheless.

Of course, Turk is from the Jersey area and that's not very close to home, so Texas has to be at a disadvantage.

"Not at all," said the prototypical weak-side college DE. "My family is 100 percent behind me and they want me to be a very successful young man. They're more concerned with me receiving a good education and don't care where I end up just as long as I get my degree from a program known for its education."

Does that sound like UT? Could the Horns find themselves a Tony Brackens-type DE this late in the recruiting game?

"Yes!" said Turk. "They have an excellent shot at getting me."

The ball is clearly in Mack Brown's court. We'll keep an eye on this one.

Plus, we'll have more on Turk in this week's installment of the Inside Scoop, particularly his long list of accolades with a few extra tidbits.

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