As Army's 2012 recruiting class unfolds, GoBlackKnights.com will spotlight the commits who will soon be wearing the Black & Gold. With the uniqueness of Black Knights recruiting, this feature continues all the way past National Signing Day.
The spotlight now shifts to safety/linebacker, Sean McBryde.
High School: Killeen (Tx) C.E. Ellison High School
Recruitment: Although holding an offer from Air Force, strong interest coming from Rice and North Texas along with Baylor and Texas A&M coming in to talk McBryde, it was Army that crabbed his full attention. He and his mother flew up to West Point over the summer for an unofficial visit and feel in love with the place and feel in love with it more during his official visit.
Scouting report: From his safety spot at C.E. Ellison High School, he had over 100 tackles this season. He is a quality side line to side line defender, with above average speed. With his potential to add weight onto his 6-foot-4 frame, McBryde has all the tools to be an effective defender at linebacker.
Coach's comments: "He's played safety for us and he's been a three starter at safety. This year we did not have a good team and Sean was in the top part of the ranking for tackles and that's not good when your safety is making all of the tackles. The last couple of games we did move him to outside linebacker, but basically they ran away from him."
Killeen (Tx) C.E. Ellison High School - Head Coach Buddy McBryde
Position need at Army: Currently tipping the scales at 210-215 pounds, expect the 6-foot-4 high school safety to move him to outside linebacker during his kickoff year at the USMAPS. Clearly, with the potential to hit the varsity squad between 220-230 pounds, one of the linebacker slots is probably more suited for him. Even with the weight gain, McBryde still could remain athletic enough, because he's not that far away.
McBryde's comment: "I'm real excited. It's going to be a big jump, you know from high school to college, but I think I can make it. I've been working out real real hard .... lifting weighs and track practice. I run the 400M and all the relays."
"I'm about 211 pounds now. But because of track, I drop weight, so by the end of track season I will probably be 195-200ish. I would like to come into West Point about 215-220 pounds."
"They (Army coaching staff) have talked to me about playing kinda like a safety - linebacker hybrid, but definitely on the defensive side of the ball."
To Army Fans: "I can't wait to be a Black Knight and what a great honor it is to be in the situation that I'm in."