How 5-star defensive lineman Bryan Bresee stands out as nation’s top prospect in his class
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Good on good. Iron on iron. That’s how the best football players get better.
Bryan Bresee, the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect for 2020 per 247Sports, certainly felt that way after The Opening New Jersey regional Sunday.
The rising junior finished that regional with MVP honors among the defensive linemen at the camp. Here he is going up against 2019 top-20 tackle William Harrod, showing how he earned such recognition:
Bryan Bresee Vs. William Harrod. pic.twitter.com/Bg4fJL9hej
— Todderick Hunt (@TodderickHunt) April 8, 2018
The Maryland resident holds a Georgia offer, took a recent visit to Athens on March 4 and will be back for G-Day on April 21.
The final 5 portion of that camp featured Bresee going up against 4-star UGA tackle target Xavier Truss. The 6-foot-5 Breese is now up to 288 pounds but was still able to earn the matchup win against Truss.
The No. 1 overall recruit in 2020, Bryan Bresee, gets Xavier Truss with a spin move. pic.twitter.com/COYYPOfnEG
— Black Shoe Diaries (@BSDtweet) April 8, 2018
Top-ranked 2020 recruit @bryan_bresee has been very impressive today.
Here's his third rep vs fellow Penn State target Xavier Truss in the "Final 5". pic.twitter.com/JI7r32BV3v
— Tyler Donohue (@TDsTake) April 8, 2018
“I thought it was pretty good going against some high-caliber dudes,” Bresee told Land of 10’s Tyler Donohue. “It was a lot of fun.”
Truss goes about 6-8 and will tip the scales at 350 pounds. That was very good on very good. At least. Maybe with a helping off great sprinkled on top.
When asked about the matchup, he said he would concur with the notion that Bresee was the nation’s top player for 2020.
“I would agree,” Truss said of Bresee. “He’s very fast and very strong. I was expecting that looking up [going] against him. But I was not expecting him to be that fast and that strong. He’s a really good player.”
Bresee still clocked a 4.32-second pro agility drill at those 288 pounds. He threw the Power Ball 40 feet and finished with a lofty 106 Nike football “Sparq” rating.
His best time in the 40-yard dash has been right at 4.9 seconds. He also came up with a 32-inch vertical jump. He was still a quarterback in middle school and he still has that sort of athleticism even though he now rates as the nation’s No. 1 strongside defensive end.
Bryan Bresee outlook for the next few months
Bresee just visited Notre Dame last week. He’ll be in Athens on G-Day, but this is likely just the early legwork for his decision.
“I liked it a lot,” Bresee said of his UGA visit back in March. “Coach [Tray] Scott is a really good coach. I’m excited to see the game atmosphere down there.”
He won’t start narrowing down his top schools until sometime this fall.
His name can usually trip up a lot of folks. It is actually pronounced “BRA-ZEE” by those who don’t want to draw a flag for flubbing the 5-star prospect’s first name.
4-star DT C.J. Clark has UGA in his top 5
Let’s imagine the UGA big board for 2019 as something akin to the game show Jeopardy for a quick minute.
There could almost be a full category labeled “North Carolina defensive tackles” for this cycle. There’s Josh Harris (4 stars), C.J. Clark (4 stars) and Derek Green (3 stars). Tar Heel State D-tackles occupy three of the 18 offers the Bulldogs have made at the position.
The Bulldogs have only offered three defensive tackles from Georgia this year.
Harris rates No. 14 overall at the position. Clark comes in at No. 20 and Green rates No. 41 on the 247Sports composite standard for 2019. Those relationships with Georgia have all been tended to over the years by Scott.
This one also dates back to his time as defensive line coach at North Carolina.
Clark recent established his top 5. The Bulldogs cracked that list.
No order UNC🐏,NCSTATE🐺,Tennessee 🍊, UGA🐶, USC🐔 pic.twitter.com/61MbEOLehk
— CeeJay✨ (@cfrmda4) April 10, 2018
Clark does a lot of things for his North Stanly (New London) squad. Wedge buster on kickoffs. Fullback. He might even be an ideal guard at the next level. SEC Country’s Hale McGranahan provided an update Wednesday on Clark’s recruitment.
How does he feel about UGA? That familiarity with Scott dates back to when Clark was an eighth grader attending North Carolina’s camp.
“He was a good person, talked to me. I wasn’t that good, only in eighth grade. He worked me hard,” Clark told McGranahan.
The Dawgs recently hosted him for his first visit.
“I liked it. It was a nice place,” Clark said. “Talked to coach Kirby Smart. He just sat me down and told me about the opportunity I have to play there, to play at Georgia. It’s crazy. It was a good trip.”
This one will be interesting to watch. I’m betting that other schools value him differently than do the Bulldogs right now, but it wouldn’t be too far out of bounds to think that the Bulldogs might be able to land him in this group if they made him even more of a priority than they do now.
That will be interesting to track. Georgia has several other defensive tackles in mind, too.
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