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No. 1 overall 2020 recruit Bryan Bresee plans Beaver Stadium visit
Happy Valley feels like the center of the college football universe heading into its game Saturday vs. Michigan. Ranked No. 2 in both the AP and coaches polls, Penn State welcomes ESPN’s acclaimed College GameDay show to campus prior to a pivotal Big Ten showdown.
The Nittany Lions are also lining up a monumental recruiting weekend, as top prospects from across America plan to make the trip for this contest. We’ll have updates on anticipated visitors throughout the week, but let’s start with a Sunday evening announcement from defensive end Bryan Bresee, the No. 1 recruit in initial 247Sports 2020 rankings.
Happy Valley this weekend #107kstrong
— Bryan Bresee (@bryan_bresee) October 16, 2017
Bresee, a 6-foot-4, 260-pound sophomore at Damascus (Md.) High School, already claims more than 20 scholarship offers. Penn State entered this pursuit midway through his freshman year, extending an offer Feb. 25 while he was on campus for a recruiting event.
Collegiate interest has continued to increase since that development, with an abundance of Power 5 options presented. Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Virginia Tech are among his other offers.
Bresee attended a Sept. 30 Hokies game vs. Clemson. He met Virginia Tech legends Michael Vick and Bruce Smith:
Unreal to be in a position to meet somebody like Bruce Smith pic.twitter.com/9M33Cs9sqR
— Bryan Bresee (@bryan_bresee) October 4, 2017
Virginia Tech suffered a lopsided loss to the Tigers during his visit. Now it’s Penn State’s turn to impress Bresee, an extremely athletic lineman who already possesses a physical frame college coaches covet. Still less than halfway through his high school career, the level of potential here is rare and ultimately helps send him surging toward the top of early 2020 class rankings.
“He’s just ahead of the curve,” his father, Rich Bresee, told Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports in August following the announcement of his No. 1 label. “He’ll throw a ball off the backboard and dunk it with two hands. As he grew this offseason and went to some of these camps and the Nike camp and other stuff, I felt like his athleticism got to a different level.”
He finished the shuttle run in 4.21 seconds during an April camp on The Opening’s regional circuit. That led all defensive linemen at the event and rivals the results of many blue-chip skill-position players.
Bresee, who started high school at Urbana (Ijamsville, Md.), transferred to Damascus during the offseason. He is now part of an unbeaten Hornets team attempting to win its third straight state championship.
Watch his midseason sophomore highlights here:
Penn State has put itself in strong early position with a few elite 2020 recruits. Fellow top-5 overall prospects Chris Tyree (running back) and Julian Fleming (receiver) recently told Land of 10 they view the Nittany Lions as a definite contender in their respective recruitments.
Fans can help Penn State commits claim a spot in All-America Game
Organizers of the annual Under Armour All-America Game are allowing the public to determine which high school seniors fill the final two roster spots in its 2018 showcase. The event takes place Jan. 4 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla. It will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2.
A tournament-style voting platform has been established. There are 32 players hoping to advance beyond first-round action, which ends Tuesday at 1 p.m. ET. Among this collection of standouts, you’ll find three Penn State pledges.
Tackle Nana Asiedu, defensive tackle Aeneas Hawkins and linebacker Jesse Luketa are each in the mix for All-America inclusion. They are competing to join four other members of the Nittany Lions class who’ve already secured a spot in the game: receiver Shaquon Anderson-Butts, defensive tackle PJ Mustipher, receiver Justin Shorter and running back Ricky Slade.
As of early evening Monday, Asiedu, Hawkins and Luketa each lead their respective voting matchup.
Asiedu edges Virginia Tech receiver pledge Tre Turner by less than 1 percent. Hawkins holds an 21-percent advantage over Minnesota defensive end commit Alex Reigelsperger. Luketa leads future Wisconsin defensive end Boyd Dietzen by 17 percent.
— Jesse Luketa (@OttawasVeryOwn) October 4, 2017
The All-America Game has the makings of must-see television for Penn State fans. Along with the possibility of six Nittany Lions pledges sharing the field in their final prep contest, a pair of top targets are also set to announce collegiate decisions during the matchup.
Defensive ends Jayson Oweh and Tyreke Smith plan to reveal where they will attend college while in Orlando. Penn State won’t be lacking in the peer recruiting department leading up to those announcements.
Penn State commit Ricky Slade explodes for dominant 2-game stretch
Running back Ricky Slade is the top-ranked 4-star recruit on offense in 247Sports 2018 composite rankings. He continues to make a strong case for 5-star status, spurred by an exceptional start to October.
Slade, a 5-9, 185-pound senior at C.D. Hylton (Woodbridge, Va.) High School is averaging 25 yards per touch during the past two games. His performances in victories over Colgan (Manassas, Va.) and Potomac (Dumfries, Va.) shine greater light on his ability to take over contests in a variety of ways.
He erupted for 432 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns on only 19 carries combined, according to DigitalScout.com. Slade added 8 receptions for 66 yards and 2 scores. His scintillating skill set also extended to special teams, where he returned 3 kickoffs for touchdowns, averaging 85 yards per score.
Through seven games this season, Slade is averaging 13.8 yards per carry en route to 1,146 rushing yards. He has accounted for 24 total touchdowns, surpassing his junior-season total of 20 scores.
Watch highlights from Slade’s 8-touchdown performance on Oct. 6 here:
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