Nation’s No. 1 junior Bryan Bresee still has UGA very much on his mind
Want to attack every day with the latest UGA football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel brings at least four days a week. The play sheet today calls for chat with 5-star junior DE Bryan Bresee. The Maryland native is the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect for the class of 2020.
SAN ANTONIO, Tex. — When the 2019 All-American Bowl was over, the hounds came out. They were after some future Bulldogs. There were five of them on the field to target. At least.
These would be described best as autograph and “selfie” hounds.
When 5-star junior Bryan Bresee saw that, he eyed a chance for friendly ribbing. He jogged over to where 5-star Georgia signee Travon Walker was about to set up.
Walker, the nation’s No. 2 DT recruit (per the 247Sports composite ratings), was about to partake in more than 20 minutes of signing (or posing for pics) or anything the Alamodome crowd had for him.
Bresee had a jester’s grin as he jogged over to ask Walker for a signature.
Big Travon laughed.
He initially declined, but then reconsidered on a dime.
“I will,” Walker said. “But you know what I need from you …..”
Bresee enjoyed the exchange. Walker wants him to commit to the G.
He’s has been a major UGA target in the highest sense of that phrase for almost a year now. At least. He’s had three great trips in succession to Athens in a recruiting process that also has very major contenders in Penn State and Ohio State, at the very least.
“I still feel the same way about Georgia,” Bresee said. “You know? Especially with Nolan [Smith] and Travon. They are getting a lot of really good recruits and I love coach [Tray] Scott and coach [Kirby] Smart.”
— Bryan Bresee (@bryan_bresee) November 30, 2018
Bryan Bresee shared an interesting thought on his top 6
It looks like Bresee grows about a third of an inch every time he pops up at these national events. He even made the move to commit to the 2020 All-American Bowl on Saturday in Texas.
But he’s also chopping wood on those top six schools.
“Yeah,” he said. “I’d say I’m privately probably down to about three or four right now,” Bresee said.
What kind of chance do the Bulldogs have?
The 5-star DE from Maryland told DawgNation on Saturday afternoon the world might have to wait a good bit longer to find out about that.
“I will sign during the early signing period because I’m leaving early for college,” Bresee said. “I will probably sign on the early signing day.”
He wasn’t sure, but it even sounded like he might wait to make his decision known on the first day of that early signing period.
That’s not just sign. That might be to make the decision known at all.
Bresee also feels he is figuring out a lot of things with his decision. He might take a mix of spring and fall officials.
“I’ll probably take two or three in the spring and I will probably take two or three in the fall as well,” he said.
Walker has his own idea about where Bresee might end up.
He shared that recently on his Instagram story. That image flush right came from his feed while he was coming off that week out in Texas.
Bresee described what he usually hears about UGA from both Smith and Walker.
“They just talk to me about what it would be like to play together down there and how much fun it would be,” Bresee said.
He has heavily researched his decision. He’s at the point where every time he visits one of his top options, he’s looking for “something new” or “something different” to appeal to him.
“Or maybe it is something I don’t like,” he said. “Every time I go visit the schools that I have narrowed it down to I think I need to figure out something new about them.”
He’s the nation’s top recruit for his class. This is supposed to be highly contested.
“I’m at the point where I just now need to take my officials honestly,” he said. “All my officials. I’ve been told that by a lot of recruits and people committed to places. I just need to take my officials and after I take my officials I will have a pretty clear understanding of my decision.”
What kind of shot does Georgia have with Bryan Bresee?
Bresee has an easy camaraderie and kinship with Walker and 5-star OLB Nolan Smith. The 5-star strong-side DE linked up with Smith and Walker back in Texas at the Opening this past summer, too.
That easy vibe between the trio carried over to a fall unofficial visit for the Auburn game, too.
It does not seem out of bounds to theorize that these three guys think alike. A lot alike.
To be fair, there are guys at other schools who do lean on him, too.
It is not like UGA has signed the only 5-stars with charisma and social media prowess.
“There’s Zach Harrison at Ohio State,” Bresee said. “I’m close with him there. I think there are like three or four schools here where I feel close to their commits and their signees and their recruits now.”
What’s the biggest single thing he likes about Georgia? He had to take about two clicks before sharing his answer.
“I’d say the coaching staff,” Bresee said. “Yeah, that’s probably it.”
He wasn’t worried about the defensive coordinator search in Athens.
“The main guy I talk to is just coach [Tray] Scott and then coach [Kirby] Smart,” Bresee said. “It is just those two. I feel comfortable with both of them and I know they can make me into a better player.”
He’s not certain which schools which get spring or fall visits. He needs to see what his top schools would like him to do with that.
“Georgia wants me to come in the fall,” Bresee said. “For probably a game.”
The way Georgia performed against Texas in The Sugar Bowl did not affect this choice.
“I mean it is cool for them if any school finished the year with a big win but it is not a big deal for me,” Bresee said. “I think I will not be worried about how they finished up the season until I would get there.”
Did you see this tweet from Kirby Smart?
It looks like Georgia has welcomed 13 midyear enrollees to campus this week. Check this tweet from Georgia coach Kirby Smart.
— Coach Kirby Smart (@KirbySmartUGA) January 8, 2019
They are as follows: (Left to right): Junior college DT Tramel Walthour, S Lewis Cine, ILB Trezmen Marshall, OLB Nolan Smith (wearing the All-American baseball jersey), junior college OLB Jermaine Johnson, OG Clay Webb, junior college QB Stetson Bennett IV, QB Dwan Mathis, OL Warren McClendon, ILB Rian Davis, TE Ryland Goede, junior college CB D.J. Daniel and ILB Nakobe Dean.
Who is not in that photo? That looks to be elite cornerback target, Tyrique Stevenson. That pushes the number to 14 midyear enrollees for the class of 2019.
Did you see this tweet about UGA recruiting?
There was something that fell through the cracks for me with all the coverage last week.
It was a week which should prove to be one of the busiest UGA news cycles of any year given the All-American events on the recruiting side and the many comings and goings with roster movement.
There’s basically just a shell left of Kirby Smart’s first recruiting class at Georgia.
The highest-rated players from that 2016 signing clas are:
- DT Julian Rochester (fourth-highest rated prospect in the class)
- OG Ben Cleveland (No. 5 in the class)
- DT Michail Carter (No. 7 in the class)
- TE Charlie Woerner (No. 8 in the class)
- DT Tyler Clark (No. 12 in the class)
Those recent NFL moves now leave the Bulldogs minus seven of the top 11 players from that class. That is out of 21 overall signees.
The star power of that group is helped a bit by the transfer of former 5-star Demetris Robertson back to Georgia in the summer of 2018, but it is still a group that has seen significant turnover.
An interesting postscript to the recent UGA moves is the 2016 class has seen great turnover in Athens. 10 of the 21 signees are no longer with the program, including nine of the 14 highest-rated Bulldogs from that class. pic.twitter.com/AGfc65DZCg
— Jeff Sentell (@jeffsentell) January 7, 2019
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