Plant City (Fla.) offensive lineman Montel McBride recently came home from a college summer tour that included stops at Clemson, Kentucky, Louisville, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt.
McBride was able to get a good feel for each program and enjoyed his time at each location.
Did anyone stand out more than the others?
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"Not really. They all have nice things to offer," stated McBride. "I liked the locker rooms at Vandy. Tennessee had good facilities. Same with Clemson. I got along great with the coaches at Kentucky and Louisville the best."
He doesn't have any plans to visit anywhere else for the rest of June. In July, he has a family obligation that he is trying to work around, so he can visit Tuscaloosa.
Although he doesn't have a leader at this stage, he called Alabama his dream offer.
"When Alabama offered I felt like a kid on Christmas. I wasn't myself that day," noted an excited McBride. "I couldn't believe it. It was the best feeling. It's like the one present you want under the tree and it's actual there."
The 'Tide will be one of his official visits. He also he will take an official to Louisville in the fall. The three-star road grader doesn't know where he will go on his remaining visits.
Alabama, Kentucky, and Louisville are recruiting him the hardest according to McBride.
Why those three?
"I talk to Coach [Mario] Cristobal at Alabama every other day on Facebook or whatever. That's my buddy right there," explained McBride. "Coach [Charlie] Strong at Louisville is a player's coach. He tries to see everything in their prospective. With Kentucky I talk to Coach [Chad] Scott all the time. Pretty much every day."
The physical run blocker hasn't a set timetable for his decision. He holds double digit offers after an impressive spring during the camp circuit.