"Turk" McBride sorts through 43 offers

One of the top defensive end prospects in the nation comes from Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden, N.J. Turk McBride talks about the recruiting process as he begins his senior season this weekend.

Claude "Turk" McBride, a 6-4, 240-pound defensive end from Woodrow Wilson High School in New Jersey has had a constant stream of phone calls and letters throughout the spring and summer, with one offer after another coming his way.

There are 43 offers on the table for McBride, including Miami, Syracuse, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Michigan, UCLA, South Carolina, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Nebraska, Colorado, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Clemson and Rutgers.

"It's been a little overwhelming, but right now I'm keeping everything in," McBride said. "I don't worry about it really. I let my mom, my coaches and my uncles deal with it. Right now I don't worry about it or really listen to people, about what I should do or shouldn't do."

The Badgers contacted McBride early because of former special teams coach Darrell Wilson, who was a very successful high school coach at Wilson. McBride said Wilson's firing and hiring at Iowa will have no effect on his decision.

Neither will location.

"First of all, it's education, and after that, I guess it would be playing time," McBride said of the main factors in his decision process."

McBride said while he's considered a top DE prospect, many schools are recruiting him as an outside linebacker.

"I've never played outside linebacker before, but a lot of schools are recruiting me there because right now, for college, I'm too small (to play) defensive end," McBride said. I'd say I'll end up at defensive end if I put some more weight on."

McBride said he will not begin narrowing down his list of schools until after his season.

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