Melvin McBride was one of those one-sport athletes, but thanks to Memphis Whitehaven football coach Rodney Saulsberry, McBride's now a highly sought after offensive lineman. McBride, 6-4, 318 pounds, played basketball exclusively until Saulsberry convinced him to switch to football. He's gone from no scholarship offers in basketball to 18 offers in football...after playing only one season. "Coach Saulsberry got me out there, and I started, and it went from there," McBride said. "I thank him for everything. I wouldn't be here without him."
...He started working out with the football team in the spring of his sophomore year. He has a 350 pound bench press, 600 squat and a 305 power clean. "I started lifting weights in the 10th grade," McBride said. "I was already naturally strong. I developed when I started lifting."
Saulsberry marvels at McBride's talent. "The biggest thing is extreme upside and athleticism," Saulsberry said. "For a young man at that size, to be so athletic and physically fit, it's truly a sight to behold." McBride is a "sponge for knowledge," Saulsberry said. "Extremely coachable kid and you would never know by watching his film he only has one year experience of playing football," Saulsberry said.
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