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McBride ready to use final prep game as fuel for Saturday success

COOKEVILLE -- The emotions were almost as raw as his game. Whitehaven offensive lineman just took up the game of football over a year ago and there he stood on a damp cool night following a loss in the state championship game.

"I'm speechless," McBride said. "You know it's been a long journey even thought I just started playing football last year. I worked hard, put the time in the weight room, watched film and not being able to get (state) really hurt. I know God has blessed me and has bigger plans so I just have to get ready for the next level."

From not playing to multiple SEC offers and a commitment to his home state Volunteers. McBride has really been a sponge to improve so fast.

"Other schools have continued to call me, but I'm committed to Tennessee," McBride said. "Coach Pruitt and coach Friend have told me that I can come in and compete for playing time off the rip. They like me because I'm an athletic guard so I'm looking forward to getting back to it."

Tennessee assistant David Johnson was in attendance and sat with McBride's family during the game against Oakland. The two have built a steady bond due to Johnson's ties in the Memphis area.

"Coach Johnson is a good recruiter," McBride said. "I've known him since he was a Memphis. He relates well and we have built that relationship for a long time."

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Fighting back tears, McBride didn't hesitate to say that he isn't about to rest on his minor success. It's time to hit the lab.

"Monday, me and my trainer," McBride said emphatically. "Have to get ready to go. Just let it out and use this weekend to let it all out. After that, it's right back to work.

"My game has gotten a lot better. I still have to work on my run blocking, but my pass protection has improved a lot."

McBride talks to other Vol commitments like Chris Akporoghene about coming in ready to compete and play. He plans on visiting Tennessee officially coming up on December 14th. It's a chance for his family to see Knoxville.

"Just getting to know the school more and the academic side," McBride said. "To see how they can help develop me with my major and my career. I know the football side of things. My family is coming up with me. It's big for them to come up because it's their first time coming up to see it."

Rivals.com ranks McBride as a 3-star guard in the class of 2019.