August 28, 2009

Army jumps to the top of 3-star RB's list

This is the season that 3-star running back Keith McBride was looking to confirm his status as one of the top talents out of the state of Tennessee.

Unfortunately for McBride, a recent shoulder injury has put him on the shelf and caused him to miss the season opener. According to McBride's dad, his son is also doubtful for Memphis University School's second game of the season.

The talented back is hoping to receive medical clearance and return to the lineup for the team's third game which is against South Panola and will be broadcast on ESPN-U. "I'm scheduled to go to the doctor tomorrow and hopefully he will give me some good news so I can come back and play," shares the optimistic running back.

McBride has that rare combination of size and speed, and has caught the interest of such schools as Duke, Army, Northwestern, Southern Mississippi, Vanderbilt, Princeton and Virginia.

Presently, the talented maintains the same offers he has held over the past couple of months, which are from Duke, Army and Princeton.

Although the number of offers has not changed for Memphis (Tenn.) Memphis University School running back, the list of his top schools has. "I like Army, even though I don't know too much about the school, but I do know they have a strong academic reputation," McBride declares. "My dad showed me the Forbes article (West Point ranked #1 college in the country) and I'm really excited about that.

I liked Duke a lot initially, but I'm leaning towards Army and Princeton right now."

McBride stated that he is still hearing from Vanderbilt and that relationship is going well. "They are waiting for me to come back and see how I do the first couple of games and go from there," shared McBride with GBK.com.

Most of the schools that are recruiting McBride are aware that he is out with a shoulder injury. Army knows … they talked to my head coach (Austin) and that's how they found out and Vanderbilt found out from the paper, but I don't them the day after," McBride said.

The 6-foot-0, 210 pound running back is looking to schedule his official visit to Army when the Black Knights host Vanderbilt on October 10th.

In addition to football, the Tennessee native was equally as competitive in track where he won the state championship in the 200M (21.2) and 3rd in the 100M (10.82) and enjoyed watching last week's World Track Championship from Berlin, Germany. "Bolt was amazing … the meet was great," says McBride who indicated that in high school that track was a means to assist him in developing his speed, but will not pursue it beyond high school.



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