Sean McBryde had the opportunity to witness the swearing in of United States Military Academy Prep school students Monday afternoon in West Point. He will likely be involved in the exercise next year.
McBryde was offered by Army June 21st - his 18th birthday - and the Killeen (Tx) Ellison High School prospect committed to the Black Knights three days later. He visited West Point along with his mother, Sara, earlier this week and was thrilled with what he saw.
McBryde chose the Black Knights over the Air Force Academy and Rice, who also offered.
"It was a pretty hard decision,'' said the 6-foot-4, 210-pound safety who plays for his father, Buddy. "But once I got up there it was a no brainer. It was amazing, seeing all the history on campus, then seeing all the field training and seeing the prep school getting sworn in. Amazing,'' he added.
It was a pretty hard decision
But once I got up there it was a no brainer, It was amazing seeing all the history on campus
- Army 2012 Safety commit, Sean McBryde
One of the Prep players he saw sworn in was Jasquail Haskins, a running back, who hails from cross-town rival Killeen High.
McBryde watched as Haskins and the rest of the Plebes filed into a bus to take them to basic training. Last Aug. 27, Killeen and Ellison opened the season with Haskins' club winning 28-25.
McBryde pledged to make a college commitment before his senior season. McBryde made All District XII (5-A big schools) first team last season, but his team wasn't as successful.
One of the reasons for his early commitment was because of his high school team, the Elephant Eagles. Ellison went 4-6 in 2010, missing out on post-season play. "I wanted to focus on my team making the states; I didn't want to be worrying about my college situation as I was watching game film,'' said McBryde, adding that he'd like to be a coach like his dad someday. ""My focus is on getting Ellison to the playoffs.''
Buddy McBryde is in his sixth year at Ellison High and fourth year as its head coach.
"Joining that kind of brotherhood will benefit him the rest of his life,'' said Buddy McBryde of his son's choice.
His son is a two-sport star. He has run a 4.58 for the 40, has a 48.2 open 400 and has run a 47 split on the 4x400 team.
"I can hit and tackle,'' said Sean. "I come downhill hard and I get to the ball pretty quick and I make pretty good reads. I had a problem of dropping interceptions last season, but I've been working on improving that. I'll catch them this year.''
He played just defense the last two years, but said he will also be a running back this year.
"Playing for my father is pretty nice, but hard at times,'' he said.
"When I was a sophomore, I learned just how good those varsity players were. I had always been the big man in campus, but that all changed my sophomore year.''
Army has always been part of the Killeen culture. Fort Hood is just outside the city limits. Killeen is located in central Texas and has grown from a population of 86,911 in 2000 to 140,000. Killeen is directly adjacent to the main cantonment of Fort Hood, and its economy heavily depends on the post and the soldiers (and their families) stationed there.
McBryde has spent the summer working out and waiting tables at a local restaurant. He said he would like to gain some weight.
"We have a lot of players back from last year and we have a really good quarterback and running back,'' he said. "We have a new defensive coordinator; I'm really excited about the season.''
Next year, he will likely be doing what he saw Monday, preparing for the USMAPS season. He said he loves the idea of starting his military career at Prep, giving him time to get acquainted with service life.
"And you get to play a whole 10-gtame schedule and you don't lose any eligibility,'' said McBryde, adding that he may be interested in the marketing leadership curriculum at West Point.
Pulling in McBryde is a nice kickoff to the Black Knights' 2012 recruiting class.
With his size, he is a hybrid defender. By the time he graduates from the prep school, he could possibly tip the scales in the 215-225 pound range. That is pretty impressive for a player who runs a legitimate 4.58 forty and stands at 6-foot-4.
GoBlackKnights.com congratulates McBryde for becoming a soon to be member of the Long Gray Line.
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