5 transfer destinations for Trey McBride
Colorado State continues to make headlines this offseason, and so far it hasn't been for good reasons. Wide receiver Warren Jackson decided he would turn pro, and now Colorado State lose another key playmaker. Tight end Trey McBride has reportedly entered the transfer portal. If he goes through with it, he gives his new team a balanced player who can make an impact as a blocker and as a pass catcher. Where will he go? We take a look at what he can do and where that skillset would thrive the most.
What does Trey McBride bring to the table?
Which team will pursue Trey McBride? There are a number of options, and they're getting a great talent. The clip below showcases his talents and what he'll bring to the table.
In the first two clips, you see the intensity and dedication he brings to blocking. He's not always elite at winning any matchup, but he's going to play through the whistle. If he feels he needs to send a message, he's more than capable of doing that by driving his man into the turf. As a pass catcher, the two catches above are crazy. The pass in those situations needed to be perfect, but it was up to McBride to hang on to the ball. With defenders draped all over him, his strong hands played a big role. Against better competition, those strong hands will help him tremendously when making tough catches.
Trey McBride brings a valuable skillset to any team that can get him, but question is which team will win his services. He has more options now than he did coming out of high school, and here are five teams that would benefit immensely from adding McBride to their roster.
Former Colorado State head coach Mike Bobo is the offensive coordinator for the Gamecocks, and the offense could use a talent like McBride. He'd also join his quarterback, Collin Hill, who also transferred to South Carolina this offseason. Hill's competing with Ryan Hilinski for the starting spot, but adding McBride brings a Rams combination that could get the offense going early. Will Muschamp's seat is getting a little hot, and the Gamecocks need an offense that can keep up with the rest of the SEC.
McBride didn't get a ton of attention outside of the state of Colorado, and even less from Power 5 coming out of high school. Now he's one of the hottest commodities at his position, and should get plenty of love from the big schools. If he still wants to stay closer to home, he could transfer to the Rams' rival who recruited him out of high school. The Buffs are going through a transition period with a new coach, and won't play in the fall, so this would be a long term solution.
McBride needs a new home, and the Bearcats need a starting tight end with Josiah Deguara now playing on the Green Bay Packers. Cincinnati's offense needs weapons for Desmond Ridder to hit downfield, and McBride brings some of the strongest hands in the country to an offense that needs that reliability. If he doesn't think he can compete on the Power 5 level, taking a step up within the Group of 5 would still help his game.
Ian Book to Trey McBride has a nice ring to it, and really I just want Book to have a great tight end. With Cole Kmet leaving early, the Irish needs a tight end that can get open for Book. Notre Dame's quarterback is a poised and accurate passer, and McBride brings more room for risk for his new quarterback if he needs it. Competing in the ACC, Notre Dame presents a new opportunity for McBride, one that could elevate his draft stock tremendously.
Another school that he'd have to wait to play given the Big Ten canceled their fall season, but McBride would become an elite pass catcher for the Boilermakers. Jeff Brohm turned Brycen Hopkins into an explosive playmaker and a fourth round draft pick, but an argument can be made that McBride's more talented. A mind like Brohm's and a talent like McBride makes for an enticing marriage, and the Boilermakers offense could use some help with Rondale Moore opting out of the 2020 season.