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Top-ranked recruit Bryan Bresee impresses, plans return to Penn State
Defensive lineman Bryan Bresee left little doubt about his status as one of America’s premier underclassmen recruits Sunday during The Opening’s Northeast regional camp in Florham, Park, N.J.
Still in his sophomore year at Damascus (Md.) High School, Bresee routinely beat Power 5 offensive line prospects, often a year older than him, while working through drills at New York Jets practice facilities.
“I thought [my performance] was pretty good going against some high-caliber dudes,” Bresee told Land of 10.
Caedan Wallace — a priority Penn State target and one of those high-caliber dudes in attendance — agreed.
“Bryan did really well,” Wallace said. “Coming out here as a 2020 player and competing at that level definitely shows you a lot about his potential.”
Bresee, who received a scholarship offer from Penn State in February 2017, provided further proof he belongs in consideration as the 2020 class’ No. 1 overall prospect. That is precisely where he is listed in the current 247Sports Class of 2020 rankings.
Count Ronny Torres, a former FBS player who helps oversee linemen on The Opening camp circuit, among those who liked what they saw while observing Bresee on Sunday. An aspect that particularly stood out was the 5-star talent’s competitive drive.
“He was a rep monster and a really energetic kid, getting everybody fired up for drills,” Torres said. “That’s impressive stuff when you’re talking about a younger guy.”
Bresee’s physical development also stands out. Halfway through his high school career, he is nearly 6-foot-6 and 290 pounds.
This growth hasn’t come at the expense of his athleticism, and continued progress has led to an expansive offer list. His collegiate options include Alabama, Florida State, Michigan, Ohio State and Oklahoma.
“My athletic ability for my size plays a big role in [college attention],” Bresee said. “I’ve been playing football for a really long time so I’ve got a lot of technique. … I’ve been working really hard and I’ve just got to keep doing it.”
He spent time at Notre Dame last week. The Georgia Bulldogs will host him April 21 for spring game festivities.
Travel plans to Penn State were in place earlier this month but his family opted to take advantage of spring break by traveling to South Carolina for vacation. But fear not, Nittany Lions fans — Bresee has the program firmly on his radar.
“I’ll definitely be back soon. … I like Penn State a lot,” he said.
Bresee, who attended the Nittany Lions’ victory against Michigan last season, has formed a solid relationship with James Franklin and defensive line coach Sean Spencer. He is also a friend of fellow Maryland standout Rasheed Walker, a top-10 tackle prospect who enrolls at Penn State this summer.
“We’ve talked and I’m sure he’ll give me his honest opinion on [the program],” Bresee said. “That will be a big help for me.”
Bresee doesn’t sound in a rush to reach any final decision in his recruitment.
“I’m going on a bunch of visits this summer but haven’t really decided [where] yet,” he said. “We’ll go see a bunch of schools and start narrowing it down.”
Expect Penn State to welcome Bresee back to campus before his junior season. The Nittany Lions are also in enviable spot with the player listed at No. 2 in 2020 rankings, directly behind Bresee — Southern Columbia (Catawissa, Pa.) High School receiver Julian Fleming.
Offensive line target Luke Wypler schedules Happy Valley visit
Keeping our conversation in the trenches, Penn State is set to host a recently offered offensive lineman this weekend. Luke Wypler, a sophomore at St. Joseph (Montvale, N.J.) Regional will head to Happy Valley on Saturday.
The 4-star prospect tweeted upcoming travel plans on Wednesday night. Along with his trip to State College, Wypler will spend time at North Carolina (April 27), Duke (April 28) and North Carolina State (April 29).
Considered the top overall recruit in New Jersey per 247Sports, he is listed fourth among guards and 75th overall. The 6-4, 285-pound Wypler received a Penn State offer March 16, so this is a proactive approach that signifies reciprocated interest.
The Nittany Lions face significant early competition for his commitment. Florida, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Stanford and Wisconsin are only a selection of programs that have extended offers since late January.
Penn State signed New Jersey’s No. 1 prospect in the 2018 recruiting cycle (receiver Justin Shorter) and is a top contender the Garden State’s top-ranked 2019 talent (defensive lineman Antonio Alfano).
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