A group of students filled a section of the bleachers in Damascus High’s gym Tuesday afternoon to hear defensive end Bryan Bresee’s college commitment announcement. But those waiting for Bresee, who is ranked by 247Sports as the Class of 2020’s top recruit, weren’t limited to just the crowd at Damascus.
Cameras from streaming service CBS Sports HQ were in front of Bresee and his family at a table, broadcasting to the nation one of college football’s biggest commitments. The moment everybody turned out or tuned in for came around 2:46 p.m., when Bresee announced his commitment to Clemson.
“This has truly been a blessing. I’m all-in,” Bresee said, referencing the Tigers’ slogan.
Bresee’s father, mother and three sisters gathered around him, each wearing a piece of clothing from one of the five colleges Bresee considered: Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State and Penn State. When Bresee stated his decision, he and his family members each revealed a Clemson shirt under their layers. Bresee couldn’t hold back a smile as his father’s eyes welled with tears.
As a junior last season, Bresee recorded 13 sacks and 34 tackles for loss in nine games to lead Damascus to an 11-1 record. The 6-foot-5, 290-pounder was named Maryland Gatorade player of the year and first team All-Met.
247Sports lists Bresee as the nation’s 15th-best prospect since 2000, tied with NFL running backs Adrian Peterson and Leonard Fournette.
Clemson made a scholarship offer to Bresee in March 2018, after he visited the South Carolina school. He most recently visited for Clemson’s spring game April 6.
After his announcement, Bresee completed a final interview via CBS Sports. Then he was free to act like any other high school football player on his commitment day, greeting those in attendance and throwing out long-sleeve purple Clemson shirts to his peers.
“How comfortable I am and everything about the school,” Bresee said, “made it really feel like home.”
Under Coach Dabo Swinney, Clemson has gone 55-4 in the past four years, and it has reached the national title game three times, winning twice, including a 44-16 victory over Alabama in January.