Safety, Class of 2022
Rabun Gap-Nacooche School, Rabun Gap, GA
The NCAA’s decision this week to extend the current recruiting dead period through the month of May was a deterrent to many recruits hoping to take campus visits. While Rabun Gap-Nacoochee (Ga.) 2022 three-star safety Coleman Bryson also expressed his disappointment, he also talked about alternatives.
Bryson claims 17 scholarship offers, including Minnesota, Virginia, Kansas State and Boston College. Virginia Tech joined that group by extending its own offer yesterday. Bryson has yet to see Blacksburg or any college campus in-person. Soon that will change, which could really shift his recruitment into another gear.
“We have about five guys with multiple D-I offers on our team,” Bryson said. “It’s a big thing to our coaches to get around and let us see the campuses and get a glimpse before we can take visits. Especially the 2021 class, so many had to make decisions on virtual [visits]. Hopefully we don’t deal with it much more, stuff will calm down and they’ll let us take them.”
Bryson said he, his coaches and teammates in the traveling party have discussed visiting schools within a few hours’ drive, including Virginia Tech. While it’s early, he does have some familiarity with the Hokies.
“I’m relatively new to knowing about them,” Bryson said. “I know a little bit, just being relatively close, and they’re one of those names you know. Any school that shows interest, I want to make sure I have as much knowledge as I can. I’ll learn more as I continue talking to coaches and seeing how I fit in the defensive scheme. That’s something that will continue to grow, my knowledge about them and talking.”
Some of that knowledge for Bryson has come through his own coaches, who have acted as mediators to this point.
“I talk to them a lot and with some of the coaches,” Bryson said of Virginia Tech’s staff. “They continue to follow me and the recruitment has picked up. I’ve talked to them more. My coach has talked to a lot of coaches, and they go through him to get to us. He’s letting me know they’re talking. It wasn’t a surprise to get an offer. They said they were interested in me and wanted to offer me a spot.”
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