Bryan Bresee has officially declared for the 2023 NFL Draft, according to his Instagram post from earlier Monday afternoon. The 6’5, 305lb Clemson defensive lineman graduated from Damascus High School in 2019. He is the former No. 1 overall recruit in the Class of 2020, and played three years at Clemson, missing significant time in 2021 with an ACL tear. He is widely expected to be drafted in the first round. His announcement and more on his time at Damascus below:
“When I committed to play football for Clemson University, I never could have imagined how special this opportunity would be. The support I have received from the Clemson community the past 3 seasons has been amazing. I truly appreciate this experience.
I would like to thank Coach Swinney for offering me a scholarship to play for this program. His leadership has helped develop me into a better student, football player and man. I will forever be grateful for the love and support he showed to Ella and my family as she battled her cancer diagnosis. The coaching I received at Clemson has been exceptional. Thank you to Coach Wes, Coach Eason, Coach Venables, Coach Bates and the entire Clemson staff for the countless hours you spent helping me become a better player.
Thank you to all of my teammates. I’m grateful for the brotherhood we have built both on and off the field. I consider you all family for life. The Clemson fans are the best in college football. There is nothing like playing in Death Valley on Saturdays. Thank you for supporting me and my teammates.
Lastly, I would like to thank my family for their never ending support. I wouldn’t be in the position I’m in today without you. I love you all. It has been a life long dream of mine to play in the NFL. After much thought and many prayers, I would like to announce that I am declaring for the 2023 NFL draft. Although I’m excited for this next chapter in my football journey, I will always be a Clemson Tiger.”
Per Clemson Football: Played for Eric Wallich at Damascus High School in Damascus, Md., where he concluded career with 134 career tackles, including 80.5 for loss, with 35 sacks … had 47 tackles in 2019, including 30.5 tackles for loss with 14 sacks while also adding two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a pass breakup … helped team to 13-2 record and state championship as a senior … named first-team postseason All-American by Sports Illustrated … two-time first-team USA Today All-American in 2018 and 2019 … first-team Washington Post All-Met defensive lineman as a junior and senior … Maryland Defensive Player of the Year in 2018 … first-team MaxPreps Junior All-American defensive lineman in 2018 … Montgomery County 3A MVP in 2018 … Gatorade Player of the Year in Maryland as a junior in 2018 … had 36 tackles for loss, including 12 sacks, as a junior, earning first-team MaxPreps Sophomore All-America status in 2017 … Listed as the No. 1 overall player in the nation by 247Sports, which also called him the top defensive tackle in the nation and the top player in the state of Maryland … ranked as the top overall player in the nation by Rivals.com, the top defensive tackle and the top player in Maryland … ranked as the No. 2 player in the nation by PrepStar, the top defensive tackle in the nation and the top player in Maryland … rated as the No. 4 overall player in the nation by ESPN.com, which listed him as the No. 1 defensive tackle in the nation and top player in Maryland … played basketball as a junior and averaged 13.7 points and 11.9 rebounds … selected to U.S. Army All-American Bowl … committed to Clemson on April 23, 2019 … recruited to Clemson by Todd Bates.
Featured photo courtesy of Bryan Bresee on Instagram.