Auburn ‘at the top’ of McBryde’s list after Big Cat Weekend

Published 8:47 pm Monday, June 2, 2014

Richard McBryde says Auburn is back at the top of his list after a fun weekend at Big Cat Weekend. (File Photo)

Richard McBryde says Auburn is back at the top of his list after a fun weekend at Big Cat Weekend. (File Photo)

Four-star Charles Henderson linebacker Richard McBryde isn’t ready to verbally commit, but he does have a favorite.

Following, what McBryde called a “fun weekend away from football,” the soft-spoken rising senior said Auburn is growing on him more and more.

“I am not wanting to commit anywhere right now,” McBryde said. “There may be a place I haven’t visited yet that I would really like. I want to keep my options open, but right now Auburn is at the top of the list.”

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Auburn has been the leader in the McBryde sweepstakes since formally offering the linebacker in late February. However, Alabama jumped in to McBryde’s “top three” after offering a scholarship in early March. Over a dozen schools, including SEC powers LSU and Florida and perennial top 25 team Louisville, have extended offers to McBryde.

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.

As a junior, he finished the season with 163 tackles, 37.5 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, one interception and three forced fumbles.

McBryde took part in Auburn’s Big Cat Weekend Saturday. The Big Cat Weekend was started by former Auburn head coach Gene Chizik and brings several of Auburn’s top prospects to The Plains on an unofficial visit.

However, the weekend isn’t spent talking X’s and O’s. McBryde said there wasn’t a whole lot of talk about football. But did have a lot to say about the competition at the dinner table.

“We had three eating contests up there,” said McBryde. “We had cake, pie and watermelon. I was in the cake one, and it was chocolate cake. I love chocolate cake, so I came in second with that one.”

In addition to McBryde, top recruits Torrance Gibson, a quarterback from Ft. Lauderdale Florida, Jovon Robinson, a running back from Milledgeville, Georgia, and a host of others were in attendance,

The weekend visiting wasn’t McBryde’s first trip to Auburn, and it will more than likely not be the last.

“I think this was my fifth of sixth trip up there,” McBryde said. “I really like Auburn and the campus is great. I want my mom and family to be able to see me play every week and Auburn would do that. I just have to keep getting better and a decision will come.”