McKeesport's McBride headed to PSU
Travis McBride (3 stars)
McBride played runningback and linebacker in high school, but was recruited as a safety by Penn State. Even though we graduated all four of our starting defensive backs I don't expect to see Mcbride on the field to much early on in his career, but I think he will be one of the two starting safeties at some point.
Quickness, Instincts, Build
"The best things in my favor on the field are my vision, speed and shiftiness. I've got good control of my body and I find holes well on offense. I think those things would help make me a good defensive back too."
As a sophomore he ran for 703 yards. As a junior, he carried the ball 110 times for 1,117 yards (10.1 YPC) and 19 touchdowns, earning first team All-Conference honors and a selection to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 's South All-Star squad.
This season, playing on both sides of the ball at both running back and defensive back, McBride led his Tiger squad to a 7-2 regular season record. McKeesport rolled over teams in the playoffs, outscoring them 202-65, on their way to championship game against Bethlehem Liberty.
This year he ended up with 1,607 yards on the ground and 23 touchdowns on 149 carries... an average of nearly 11 yards per carry. McBride finished with 3,458 career yards.
Despite his success on offense, it's his speed and instincts on defense which has had many programs eyeing him at the next level.
McBride was visited by Penn State defensive coordinator Tom Bradley in late November. As one PSU observer said, "His build and speed are impressive. The coaches like his instincts which seems to have them thinking safety."
According to McBride, "I'm a very good blocker and I've got good vision and a good feel for the game." He has been working on his speed and size this season to compete at the next level. A level which will have him wearing blue and white in years to come.
McBride called McKeesport coach George Smith, who was sick at home, to inform him of the decision.
"I said, 'Are you sure?'" Smith said. "He said, 'Coach I want to go to Penn State.'"
"They can play him anywhere on the field," Smith said. "He can play corner, linebacker or running back, if they need one. You want somebody who can run, who can hit. He's very athletic. Plus, he's going to be big. He's young right now. He's got a long way to go growth-wise."