Bryan Bresee

Clemson added another brick to potentially the nation’s-best 2020 recruiting class it is building Tuesday with a commitment from DL Bryan Bresee (6-5 280) of Damascus, MD. Bresee is athletic enough to play off the edge as a pass rusher but big and strong enough to play inside as a run stuffer.

Bresee focused his decision in the final weeks on Clemson, Ohio State, Alabama, Michigan, Oklahoma, Georgia and Penn State. He made three recruiting visits to Clemson over the last six months, the most recent coming for the spring game earlier this month.

“I would say after I went to their Junior Day visit,” Bresee said of when the Tigers moved to the top with him. “I wanted to go visit a couple of schools after that visit just to make sure that Clemson was where I wanted to go. But then after the spring game, that is when I really knew.”

Bresee has been impressed with Clemson’s development of defensive linemen for the NFL, including the four who will be drafted later this week. And he said he’s excited about the opportunity to play for defensive line coach Todd Bates.

“Coach Bates is such a genuine guy who really loves all of his players,” Bresee said. “I get that feeling from him. I feel like all of his players love playing for him. From everything I have seen he is the kind of coach I want to play for. When you have a coach that you love to play for you are going to give it your all on every down for him, and I think Coach Bates is one of those guys. And this class of d-linemen that we have coming in is going to be really special.”

Bresee is aware of the class being put together by Dabo Swinney, one that could end up winning the recruiting national championship when it’s all said and done, something Swinney has said in the past hasn’t been accomplished at Clemson.

“We will definitely have the number one class,” he said. “He was talking about that before. He said you guys are going to ruin my speech about never having a number one class. That is our class’ job now, is to take that number one spot.”

Bresee recorded 36 tackles with 13 sacks last season. He gives Clemson an even dozen commitments for the class including three on the defensive line. And it’s a class that is now #1 nationally by the 247Sports composite ranking.

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