It did not take long for Clemson true freshman Bryan Bresee to show why he was the top-ranked player in the 2020 class. The former five-star recruit notched his first career sack in the first quarter of the Tigers’ season opener against Wake Forest on Saturday.
On the first defensive series of his college career, Bresee came up with a big play on third down to knock the Demon Deacons out of field goal range and force a punt. The 6-foot-5, 290-pounder pushed the left guard several yards into the backfield before throwing him aside and bringing down quarterback Sam Hartman in the backfield.
This should not come as a surprise as Bresee has been getting rave reviews in fall camp. Head coach Dabo Swinney said the freshman was even better than advertised.
“Bryan is pretty unique in that he was able to make the adjustment already,” Swinney said. “Physically, he was ready the day that he got there. He is just a special physical talent. You’re not going to see many young defensive tackles that can move like him, his size, the athleticism, the strength, the violence. But again, his ability to process and make adjustments from a scheme standpoint has been impressive.
“He came in in January and he had a lot to learn fundamentally, technically and schematically, and he just put the work in. So it says that hey he worked his tail off from January to now so that he could be in a better position to compete at his highest potential as a freshman. He’s a big energy guy. He’s going to bring a lot to our defense for sure.”
According to the 247Sports Composite, Bresee was the No. 1 overall prospect and No. 1 defensive tackle in the country for the 2020 recruiting cycle. 247Sports Director of Scouting Barton Simmons compared him to Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, projecting him as a potential Top 10 NFL Draft selection. Here’s the full scouting report from Simmons:
“Wide-bodied, bulky frame with the ability to grow into an inside defender or trim down into a big edge lineman. Has elite get-off and first-step quickness, particularly given his size and bulk. Shows quick hands as a pass rusher. Diagnoses plays effectively in the run game and has the agility to navigate through trash.
“High-level basketball player that translates that athleticism to the football field effectively. Plays poor competition in high school and is not challenged on a play-to-play basis. Limited polish as a pass-rusher. Trending towards an inside defender but possesses edge first-step quickness. No-doubt immediate impact elite Power 5 player with No. 1 overall NFL Draft choice upside.”
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