Woodrow Wilson LB/DE prospect Claude “Turk” McBride will take his fifth and final official visit this weekend, heading down to the University of Virginia.
This will be the first time he has ever been to Charlottesville, and he is looking forward to it.
“Oh yeah, I’m excited,” said McBride, who has already been to Ohio State, Tennessee, NC State, and Florida. “I haven’t been there before.”
The Cavaliers have not always been near the top of McBride’s list. As the football season progressed, McBride started to become more and more interested.
Virginia’s academic reputation eventually became the primary factor in convincing McBride to give the Cavaliers a chance.
“I started paying attention to Virginia around mid-season,” said McBride. “I really like them because of their academics. One of my main concerns is getting a good education first.”
McBride is also interested in the Cavalier football program, where he would play outside linebacker. At first, he was not comfortable with the idea of playing outside linebacker after playing defensive end in high school, but after hearing the Cavalier coaches explain the 3-4 system, he became more accepting of the idea.
“At first, I wasn’t real confident in playing outside linebacker,” said McBride, who stands 6-4, weighs 225 pounds, and runs a 4.6 in the 40. “But the coaches showed me how they would use me, and how I could line up on third down and rush the passer, and I think it’s good now. I’m comfortable with it.”
Following his trip to Virginia, McBride will decide amongst his top five.
“I’m wide open,” said McBride. “I will decide between those top five schools after the Virginia visit. I can’t give a definite time or anything on a decision.”
A blue-chip recruit, McBride is rated as the 76th best prospect in the country by ESPN.com. While Virginia would like him to play outside linebacker, the other schools presumably want him as a defensive end. Virginia appears to have as good a chance as any at landing his services.
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