Well, look who surfaced yesterday.
Ladies and gentlemen, we not only have had a Nate McBride sighting, but a full-blown close encounter.
The Georgia Bulldogs’ curiously popular junior linebacker was made available for post-practice interviews for the first time since his trumpeted signing in 2017…
Full disclosure, though, he was bit taken aback when informed he was to represent the team at Tuesday’s media availability.
“It was a little bit shocking,” McBride said with a laugh. “I was like, ‘dang, did I do that good in the scrimmage?’ But, yeah, it shocked me a little bit. I’ve done these things before. … It’s fun.”
It’s not fair to say McBride’s been a flop. Rather, it’s more that he’s been engaged in an uphill struggle with Georgia’s depth at his position ($$).
Still, there were early signs that it wouldn’t be easy for McBride, who was the 161st overall prospect in the 2017 class. That would have made him the top-rated signee that year at Georgia Tech and Kentucky, or the fifth-best signee at Auburn and Clemson, or the sixth-best at Florida.
But at Georgia, that only ranked him No. 14.
And that was before the 2018 class, which had 12 players in the top 100 alone, including five-star Quay Walker, and the 103rd-ranked player was inside linebacker Channing Tindall.
And then came the 2019 class, with five-star Nakobe Dean, who has already drawn gushing comparisons to Roquan Smith.