Things have heated up for Richard McBryde in a big way over the last two weeks.
The versatile Troy (Ala.) Charles Henderson outside linebacker talent has added offers from Auburn, LSU, Miami, Louisville, Tennessee and Ole Miss in the span. Another big one came through on Tuesday, as Alabama got in on the early three-star prospect.
The momentum has had a similar communication process between McBryde and the various coaching staffs throughout the process.
"They mention me, I just call them randomly and I talk to them once a week or so, and we get to know each other," he said. "Then they watch film and just offer me.
"The main school that surprised me was ‘Bama. I've been growing up a ‘Bama fan, I didn't know they would offer this early. I thought they would wait until my senior season."
The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder didn't attend either of the pair of junior days for the cycle thus far in Tuscaloosa because of previous engagements, so he figured he'd have to wait it out for the in-state power to come through for him.
"And also because of my size, I went up weight, then I dropped because I've been running track and stuff," he said. "I go up to like 210 (pounds), then drop down to 206."
Despite the worry, McBryde got the good news on Tuesday afternoon.
McBryde is known as a big-hitter.
"I called Coach Kirby Smart, and then I talked to Nick Saban," he said. "He said he watched my film and was going to offer me. I was shocked, for real.
"It's very special, it's a blessing."
The unexpected news comes shortly after the other in-state power pulled the trigger on a visit, one that nearly ended up with McBryde giving his verbal pledge to Auburn.
"I was real close to committing," he said. "But I'm going to take my time. I'm still leaning on Auburn, but I'm still open, though."
The Tigers are one of only a few teams looking to see McBryde at several positions on the field, including one he hasn't played since his freshman season at Henderson. As a middle linebacker, he had more than 160 tackles including 30 for loss in leading the school to the state title game as a junior. He was also named the Class 4A Linemen of the Year by the ASWA.
"I like going off the edge, mostly," he said. "I can play a little strong safety, too. I played it my freshman year. Mississippi State and Auburn brought it up with me.
"It doesn't matter to me where I play, I consider myself an athlete. I can go off the edge real fast or play in space."
With all of the momentum, to go along with the versatile skill-set, many other national programs have been in contact with one of Alabama's best. He was in Tallahassee for junior day at Florida State over the weekend.
" It was good. They talked about it (offering), but didn't pull the trigger," he said. "I'd be surprised if they offered me, they're the national champs.
"The next offer will probably be somebody up north, I don't know. I've also been talking to Georgia lately, I may go over there soon. "
The spike in attention has slowed the entire process from where it was two weeks ago when he nearly pulled the trigger himself.
"I'm just going to remain calm, keep working hard and get stronger and faster," McBryde said. "I'll probably narrow things down my senior year. I'm still going to attend some camps, probably Florida State, Auburn, Alabama, Georgia, Ole Miss, probably Mississippi State, Florida, Miami, schools like that."
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