Earlier this afternoon, incoming Carolina linebacker, and head UNC football cheerleader on Twitter RaRa Dillworth posted this cryptic Tweet:
New member— RaRa Dillworth (@Raneiria8) December 1, 2020
RaRa’s Tweets often foretell positive developments in Carolina recruiting. Three and a half hours later, Bryson Nesbit made his commitment public:
100% Committed! Thank you to all coaches who have recruited me, it has been a tough decision but I am a TARHEEL!!! pic.twitter.com/HxTYV2VduK— Bryson Nesbit (@bryson_nesbit) December 1, 2020
Bryson Nesbit, a 6’6” 235-pound tight end prospect from South Mecklenburg (Charlotte, NC) High School, is the 18th verbal commitment in Carolina’s 2021 class, and the 14th from the Tar Heel State. Mack Brown continues to build a wall around the state of North Carolina and may well be putting up guard towers and razor-wire. He’s probably about done with the 2021 class now, but, as we’ll explore later, he has done some serious work with it.
2020 and the lack of high school football around the country are causing chaos with recruiting rankings, but for reference, here are Nesbit’s stats (Note: South Mecklenburg will not play until at least February, if there is a 2020-21 season):
Rivals: 3-stars, #NR (national), #18 (position), #15 (state)
ESPN: 3-stars, #NR (national), #10 (position), #29 (state)
247 Sports (organic): 4-stars, #NR (national), #10 (position), #25 (state)
247 Sports (composite): 3-stars, #NR (national), #16 (position), #22 (state)
The Tar Heels were fortunate that circumstances pushed the Charlotte tight end to Chapel Hill. Both of Nesbit’s parents played sports at South Carolina, and the Gamecocks were a top contender for his signature. With the firing of head coach Will Muschamp, however, South Carolina was in a tough position convincing Nesbit to commit to their project moving forward without a clear plan in place. Their loss is UNC’s gain. He was also considering UCLA, apparently, but due to Covid was never able to officially visit the campus.
Will Muschamp wants South Carolina fans to “get the fuck” out of their seats.— David Hookstead (@dhookstead) September 26, 2020
I’m guessing this video wasn’t supposed to leak. pic.twitter.com/TUx4QPnGme
With the likely departure of senior tight end Garrett Walston, who is rarely targeted in Phil Longo’s RPO offense, Nesbit figures to have a great opportunity at seeing the field early. Nesbit offers an intriguing skill set, and could attack the middle of the field, especially since that space won’t be patrolled by slot receiver Dazz Newsome next year. With his receiving abilities, Bryson Nesbit has the potential to be the most dynamic tight end Carolina has seen since Eric Ebron.