Tight End, Class of 2021
South Mecklenburg, Charlotte, NC
Out of more than two dozen offers, on Oct. 9, South Mecklenburg (NC) three-star tight end Bryson Nesbit announced a top five of Virginia Tech, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ole Miss and UCLA. The move allowed him to narrow down his focus a bit towards making a final decision.
Nesbit, Rivals.com’s No. 18 tight end and No. 15 player in North Carolina for the 2021 class, isn’t quite sure when that decision will come. But he’s been able to get in a few visits and plans to take more soon, which has allowed him to progress further in his recruitment than others in his position.
“Really, there’s a lot of the things, the feel of the campus, relationship with coaches, playing time, academics, those are all big things,” Nesbit said. “Making the decision is really about the relationship with coaches. Since you’ll have contact most with them, who I Facetime, that’s what went behind it. For me, I haven’t taken many visits. This is my first year playing football, so I had half a year to take visits. I’m hoping they get rid of the dead period so I can take more visits.”
The current NCAA dead period does not bar student-athletes from visiting schools on their own, but does prohibit them from having any contact with members of the coaching staff. Still, in July, Nesbit said he, his dad and cousin visited Virginia Tech to see the campus, the facilities and the surroundings. That trip is a big reason why the Hokies made his top list.
“I mean, I’ve been building a good relationship with Coach (James) Shibest and Coach (Justin) Fuente,” Nesbit said. “I love the campus and the stone bricks everywhere. I got to look at the stadium a little. And also, the tight end play. They’ve had some good tight ends come out almost every year. It’s a good place for building tight ends.”
And though he couldn’t speak with the coaches on that visit, he said he talks regularly with Shibest and Fuente.
“A word to describe it would be positive,” Nesbit said. “It’s always good vibes with Coach Shibest. We’re all laughing and joking and connecting over fishing. We talk about that a lot. The conversations don’t have to be about football, they’re about school, sports, whatever is going on.”
Nesbit has arguably become most familiar with South Carolina. His father, Jamar Nesbit, played on the offensive line with the Gamecocks and in the NFL and is the current sideline reporter for the school’s football broadcasts. Bryson’s mother Tara played soccer at South Carolina.
Bryson Nesbit said he also went to two North Carolina games, last season, as well as a an unofficial junior day earlier this year. That’s given the Tar Heels some room with him as well.
“I mean, the main thing is I grew up with a lot of recruits who are going there,” Nesbit said. “I’m close with Dontavius Nash, Gabe Stephens, and other than that, Coach (Mack) Brown brought in new energy. It’s a good family feel there and also the proximity to home.
The younger Nesbit said this is only his second full season of playing football. He’s played only basketball before and visited UCLA two summers ago for a basketball camp. But Nesbit has never seen Ole Miss in-person.
“I wouldn’t say it’s a dream school, but I’ve been attracted to (UCLA) in basketball,” he said. “Whenever I saw the campus, I loved it. I love how it ties into the city. I love the culture around the school, the different types of people there. It definitely helped that I had a great time at that basketball camp.
“With Ole Miss, I would say it comes down to coaching. Coach (Lane) Kiffin has done a great job, Coach (Joe Jon) Finley, too, with the tight ends. The team has come around, too. It’s really just the offense and how they incorporate the tight ends.”
Now that the list of possibilities is down to five, Bryson Nesbit said he needs to whittle it further. He’s hopeful more visits will come soon, but any changes in the ongoing pandemic...
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