TE Bryson Nesbit (6-6 220) of Charlotte has been idle this fall as far as practicing and playing football games. He has been working out, and he will play football for South Mecklenburg this winter and spring, but he has been practicing basketball and preparing for that season. His football recruiting has slowed since he named his top five of USC, North Carolina, UCLA, Ole Miss and Virginia Tech, and he’s not able to take any unofficial or official visits. He said he is in regular contact with all five schools and two in particular seem to be coming at him harder than the rest.
“I’d say right now UCLA and UNC are pushing the hardest,” Nesbit said. “I haven’t been able to take a football visit out to UCLA yet, but I’ve been on campus before for basketball. UNC, I’ve been on campus multiple times. The Tar Heels are definitely on an up trend. Recently they’ve been trying to do more with the tight end. I see they are trying to do more, it’s just a matter of personnel for them.”
USC also is making its regular contacts with Nesbit who is the son of former Gamecock star offensive lineman Jamar Nesbit. But he’s so familiar with the Gamecocks, the program and the campus, there’s not much more for the Gamecock coaches to sell him on.
“Nothing much as really changed especially since I’ve been to the campus so many times,” Nesbit said. “I’ve really seen everything they have to offer except for the official visit. We’re kind of at a standstill there, but I still have constant contact with Coach (Bobby) Bentley, Coach (Will) Muschamp and Coach (Joe) Cox.”
He has, of course, watched the Gamecocks closely this season, in particular, how new offensive coordinator Mike Bobo has engaged the tight end position in his play calling.
“They are doing a good job with Nick Muse and showing me his film,” Nesbit said. “It’s definitely a good fit the way Bobo uses his tight ends. Nick Muse isn’t the fastest or the most athletic tight end, and they find ways to get him the ball more than other tight ends, so it’s good to see.”
Muse is the Gamecocks’ second leading receiver with 14 catches for 202 yards. A second tight end, Keveon Mullins, has 3 catches for 110 yards.
Nesbit doesn’t have a timeline for a decision. He is considering taking visits on his own to UCLA and Ole Miss, the two schools in his final five he has not seen from a football standpoint. He said it’s not likely he’ll do the same with USC and North Carolina since there’s nothing else he can gain but visiting them without being able to meet with the coaches.