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Top-ranked recruits Bryan Bresee, Chris Tyree react to White Out win
The Penn State football program has swiftly shifted its focus to an upcoming showdown at Ohio State, but recruits are still feeling excitement from an epic Saturday night in Beaver Stadium. Our Monday recruiting notebook featured reaction from several prospects who visited campus for the Nittany Lions’ 42-13 victory over Michigan.
We’ll highlight the experiences of another pair of top-tier players here: Bryan Bresee and Chris Tyree. Both recruits are considered top-five overall talents in initial 247Sports 2020 rankings.
Bresee, a 6-foot-4, 260-pound defensive end from Damascus, Md., is listed No. 1 overall among high school sophomores. Tyree, a 5-10, 172-pound running back from Chester, Va., ranks No. 4 nationally and tops all players at his position.
Both players received Penn State offers well before their sophomore seasons, and previously visited Happy Valley during the offseason. This latest trip provided a glimpse at one of the most unique gameday settings in college football.
A convincing Nittany Lions win featured a record-setting crowd at Beaver Stadium, as 110,823 people packed into the venue.
“The atmosphere around campus was something I’ve never seen before,” Tyree said. “I’m glad I got to see why White Out games are so special. The game was great. I liked every part about it.”
He made the trip north alongside his mother. Days before his 2017 season opener, Tyree told me Penn State was pushing hardest in his recruitment with an effort led by running backs coach Charles Huff.
“I’ve been talking to Coach Huff probably more than anybody else,” he said in late August. “I feel like he’s a really cool, down-to-earth person, but when it’s time to work he’ll push you. I saw that when I went to camp for just one day, and I think that’s why the running backs there are so successful. He pushes them so much, but at the same time he’ll care for them when they need him.”
Tyree enjoyed a firsthand look at Penn State running back Saquon Barkley on Saturday, watching the Nittany Lions star score 3 touchdowns and bolster his Heisman Trophy chances. Barkley rushed for 108 yards against a Wolverines defense that hadn’t surrendered 70 yards to a single runner through its first six games.
“He’s an animal,” Tyree said. “It’s very rare to find someone that strong and fast at the same time.”
The Thomas Dale High School standout has quite a skill set himself. Tyree, who completed the 40-yard dash in 4.44 seconds at Penn State in June, is averaging 8.9 yards per carry this season, according to MaxPreps.
He’s gained 1,355 rushing yards in his early high school career, scoring 13 times on 173 carries. Tyree can also make an impact in the passing game and as a special teams returner.
Check out his sophomore-season highlights here:
Bresee, who holds offers from Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Virginia Tech, was anointed his class’ first No. 1 prospect in August when 247Sports unveiled rankings.
Less than midway through his prep playing days, Bresee already possesses collegiate size. While mobility is often an issue for young players of his physical stature, he is a very fluid athlete. Bresee led all defensive linemen, regardless of age, with a 4.21-second shuttle run at The Opening’s Washington, D.C., regional showcase in April.
“He’s just ahead of the curve,” his father, Rich Bresee, told Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports upon the site’s rankings reveal. “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.”
Penn State was pretty early to the party here, offering him Feb. 25. Bresee has been to campus multiple times, including attendance at the Nittany Lions’ spring game.
He returned for a look at live-game action Saturday. Bresee left impressed by the experience, on and off the field.
“The game was great, the fans and the atmosphere was awesome,” he said. “[I] had a lot of fun in Happy Valley getting to meet all the commits and seeing all the coaches again.”
Bresee projects as a player who will impact his college team’s defensive attack early and often. He witnessed the Penn State defense deliver another dominant performance, sacking Wolverines quarterback John O’Korn 7 times and limiting an opponent to fewer than 20 points for a seventh straight game.
That stood out, along with the guy no defense in America wants to encounter.
“The defense looks great and Barkley is a playmaker. It was awesome seeing him play in person,” Bresee said.
Watch Bresee’s 2017 highlights here:
There is a long way to go in each of these recruitments, but Penn State is off to a strong start with both top-tier prospects. It’s worth noting fellow top-5 2020 talent Julian Fleming is a Pennsylvania product (Southern Columbia High School). The class’ top-ranked receiver visited Notre Dame this past weekend but he’s been a frequent visitor to Happy Valley.
Penn State OT target Rasheed Walker to attend Ohio State game
Few legitimate targets remain in play for a 2018 Penn State class that features 22 pledges. Rasheed Walker, a 6-6, 300-pound offensive tackle from North Point (Waldorf, Md.) High School, certainly is one of them.
Considered the No. 11 prospect at his position and a borderline top-100 overall recruit in 247Sports 2018 composite rankings, Walker is exploring a few collegiate options as his decision approaches. Nearby Maryland and Virginia Tech are contenders, but there’s been a lot of focus on Big Ten rivals Ohio State and Penn State.
Walker will see both teams in action this weekend when he travels to Columbus. Jeremy Birmingham, our Buckeyes recruiting reporter at Land of 10, confirmed this will be an unofficial visit for Walker.
Though he’s yet to attend a game in Happy Valley this season, Walker spent significant time in State College during the offseason. While speaking with current members of the Penn State class, his name routinely comes up while discussing potential final pieces for a fantastic collection of talent.
The recent departure of defensive end Dorian Hardy from this group seemingly makes a commitment to the Nittany Lions by Walker more realistic. Penn State presently carries four pledges along the offensive line, headlined by top-10 offensive tackle Nana Asiedu.
Walker intends to announce his college choice Jan. 6 during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, according to Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports.
Applying Pressure 🤞 pic.twitter.com/sYAbk3exZA
— Rasheed Walker (@Cinc0Tre5) July 2, 2017
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