McBryde receives invite to Under Armor All-American GamePublished 10:45pm Friday, April 11, 2014
Richard McBryde, the Charles Henderson linebacker that has SEC fan bases in an uproar wanting their favorite school to land the prospect, will make his national television debut in January as part of the 2015 Under Armor High School All-American Game.
McBryde received the invite on Wednesday, and is eager to show why over a dozen FBS programs have extended offers to play at the next level.
“It means a lot to get invited to the Under Armor game,” said McBryde. “Only 100 players in the country get invited, and I am one of them. I can’t wait to mix it up with the best players in the USA, and show them I belong.”
McBryde led the Trojans to the 2013 AHSAA 4A State Championship Game, and was named Lineman of the Year by the Alabama Sports Writers Association.
The soft-spoken junior finished the season with 163 tackles, 37.5 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, one interception and three forced fumbles.
McBryde, a middle linebacker by trade, has had conversations about changing positions at the next level. The positions range from “jack” linebacker, a hybrid outside linebacker, to safety.
McBryde is up the challenge of changing positions if asked.
“I played safety as a freshman, so I know the position,” said McBryde. “The biggest difference is the first step. At safety, your first step is always back, so you don’t get beat deep. At linebacker, your first step is always down hill. After the first step, it is all read, react and fine the football.”
Now in its eighth year, the Under Armor All-America High School Football Game gathers the nation’s top high school football talent to take place in a one-of-a-kind football experience. Since the inaugural game in 2008, the Under Armor All-America High School Game has produced several NFL professionals including first-round picks Julio Jones, AJ Green, Trent Richardson, EJ Manuel and 2013 #2 overall NFL Draft pick Luke Joeckel.
The game has been televised live on ESPN for the past several seasons, and gives McBryde, and Charles Henderson, time in the national spotlight.
Dubose has never had a player participate in the Under Armor game, but did have a handful of players selected to take part in the U.S. Army All-American Game while he was at Prattville.
“It is good exposure for Richard and for Charles Henderson and the city of Troy as a whole,” said Dubose. “The world will get to see how wonderful of a football player and young man Richard is. It is also good for the Charles Henderson, because it now makes it easier for other players to get invited. Richard will represent us great; I have no doubt about it. Richard is the first to get invited, but I’m sure he won’t be the last.”
The 2015 Under Armor All-American Game will take place in early January of 2015.