McBride Hearing From Four

LonghornDigest Publisher
Posted May 23, 2011

It seems like in every class, there's a running back who gets under-recruited because of his size, but who shines at the college level.

That label could certainly wind up applying to San Antonio Sam Houston star JeQuan McBride, a 5-foot-8, 160-pound runner who relies on his vision and cutback ability, rather than his braun, to make yards.

"I'm quick, and I have great vision," McBride said. "I go out there thinking that I can't be tackled."

By the first man, certainly not. McBride's film is an assortment of runs, from surprisingly powerful inside gashes to speed sweeps, but the one thing he shows in every clip is his ability to make the first man miss. McBride has outstanding change of direction, and can outmaneuver multiple players within a phone booth.

That ability gives McBride hope to excel in a spread offense, where — either as a runner or a receiver — he'll get the ball against a defender or two in space. Once he gets past that player, McBride said he runs a 4.4-second 40-yard dash, plenty fast to take it to the house.

He has received some recruiting interest from schools like UCLA, Texas Tech, Iowa State and Idaho, and should start hearing from more schools now that the spring evaluation period is over. When choosing a college, McBride said he would focus on the campus, the people around the campus and how the coaches act.

But that's in the future. For now, McBride said he's focused on hitting the field for extra workouts after school, putting in the extra running and drill work that he hopes will pay off big in the fall.

"My goal is for us to win districts, then go on to win state," McBride said. "I just want to bring that trophy back to the east side.

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