A year ago around this time, Bryan Bresee was entering his freshman year at Urbana High School, going back-to-school shopping and coming off of an eighth-grade graduation.
One year later, Breese is now one of the most coveted football players in the class of 2020. Nevertheless, how he got to this point in his life is quite interesting.
He came into high school earning a starting spot playing defensive end; Bresee was 6-foot-3 and weighed 225 pounds.
At Urbana, he dominated his freshman year and was looking forward to his sophomore year, but things changed quickly after the season.
His head coach, Dave Mencarini left Urbana to join the University of Maryland’s football staff as the director of player personnel. Soon after he left, Maryland extended Bresee his first offer.
“It was awesome because they’re right in my backyard,” Bresee said. “I’ve always gone to Maryland games growing up.”
11 days after receiving his Maryland offer, Purdue offered. 11 days after that, Penn State offered, and his recruitment took off from there.
He currently has 17 division-one offers from schools such as Florida State, Alabama, Ohio State and Michigan.
“I wasn’t expecting any of this to happen, it’s been surreal,” Bresee said.
Because Mencarini left Urbana, Bresee decided to transfer to a new school for his sophomore year. He considered going WCAC football powerhouse Saint John’s College High School in Washington D.C. along with other schools.
However, he chose to attend Damascus, a public school in Montgomery County that has won back to back state championships and has won 28 straight games in a row.
Bresee credits his success to his dad Rich, who played football at James Madison University.
“I’ve been playing football for 11 years…I wanted to play because my dad influenced me as well as my friends who wanted to play.” Bresee said.
Due to his early interest, his dad focused on developing Bresee’ technique at defensive end. Since the age of 5, developing his technique has been his focus and has helped him as a defensive end.
Bresee believes having this skill at a young age has given him a head start against other defensive ends.
Growing up, Breese played football against his age group and dominated. After the fifth grade, his dad decided to let Bresee play one age group up and Breese still dominated. However, he truly didn’t know how good he could be until he was in the eighth grade.
Going into his sophomore year, Bresee has been working on improving his strength.
Despite towering over most high school freshman, Bresee has only continued growing. Now going into his sophomore year, he is 6-foot-5 and weighs 255 pounds.
Damascus Assistant Coach Gregg Frazier said, “Physically he has matured a ton, he looks like a different player in film than he does in person. He’s got some special God-given tools and ability that other kids don’t have.”
Bresee is in no rush to make a decision for college and is enjoying the recruiting process. Whenever he decides to make a decision for college, he will base it off a close relationship with the coaching staff and by seeing how he will fit in at the school of his choice.
Going into his sophomore season, Bresee has a goal of repeating as state champions and helping the team out in any way possible.
You can catch Bresee in a Damascus uniform, on an August 26th away game against Blake High School.
Watch Bryan’s highlight tape here.
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