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...
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