GA OL Bryson Estes Talks Recent FSU Visit

Florida State was able to host a few visitors earlier this week before the ACC determined visits unsafe due to the coronavirus going around. One of those visitors was Eagles Landing -McDonough, Ga interior lineman Bryson Estes. We caught up Estes to talk about his visit, and about his recruitment as we head into spring.

Having the ability to play center, and play it well, is something that catches college coaches attention. Being able to slide to guard makes you a versatile lineman and gives you a chance to get recruited on a national level. Bryson Estes is this lineman, and he has seen his recruitment gain some serious momentum.

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“Recruiting is going good,” Estes said. “Now that the dead period is over I went to visit Missouri last week, and I just visited Penn State and Florida State. Georgia, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Memphis and Auburn are talking to me. I have 18 or 19 offers now. The only schools that haven’t offered yet that I am talking to are Georgia, FSU and Oklahoma. The schools reaching out more so than the others are Nebraska, Georgia, Penn State, FSU, Missouri and Michigan State.”

Estes talked more about the three schools that haven’t offered yet.

Georgia: “That would be a big offer. I grew up a Georgia fan and it would affect my recruitment. Matt Luke has come to see me two times. They want me to camp there and I think there is a good chance I’d get the offer then.”

FSU: “The visit was set up, and they said they loved my film. They wanted to set their eyes on me to see I am who they thought. I think an offer comes soon.”

Oklahoma: “I went up there for a game last year but I am not sure about that one right now.”

FSU’s need to rebuild the offensive line would be positively impacted by landing multidimensional linemen like Estes. He said the visit went well, spending time with Coach Norvell, Coach Atkins and watching practice.

“I sat down with Coach Atkins and talked with him for a while,” Atkins said. “I would love him to coach me. I felt like the whole time he was trying to sell me on FSU. We watched some film together. I think I fit well with what they want to do. They see me as an interior lineman. I like how he teaches football and teaches you to hit someone.”

“Coach Norvell is an extremely good dude,” said Estes. “I love his philosophies. He was telling me that he focuses on building you off of the field. He reminds me of my coach. He is a Christian. He builds you into a man off the field and believes if he can do that the on-field results will come.”

Heading into the visit Estes wanted to see practice and talk to Coach Norvell and Coach Atkins. He liked what he saw in general from the offensive line and the way Coach Atkins teaches.

“I liked it, I liked how they were popping some pads,” Estes said. “I was impressed. I like Coach Atkins’ style. He knows some guys learn differently than others. He told me when we met that he brought someone in to evaluate his guys and to help him learn how to motivate and teach the guys to retain information. With him it is more than X’s and O’s, it’s about technique. I think if I went there I could make an impact quickly and play there quickly.”

Bryson had plans to visit Georgia but that has been delayed with the news about the coronavirus spreading around the country. He plans on making his decision before the season to get it out of the way and prepare for being an early enrollee.

Coming off of the FSU visit, the Seminoles did a good job showing Bryson what they have to offer. He mentioned a few things that stood out about it.

“I am a big, big Norvell fan, the location is close to home, Coach Atkins’ style and philosophy are the highlights of the visit,” Estes said. “It is closer to home, within driving distance. I have family near there. I love Coach Norvell. Comparing FSU to the other schools, the facilities are nice but that doesn’t define winning. The coaches at FSU are the difference from the other visits I’ve made. There aren’t many like Coach Norvell in college. He reminds me of Dabo at Clemson. I would say right now FSU is at the top of my list, definitely in my top two.”

We will track Estes’ recruitment and follow him as he is being recruited by FSU. Stay tuned for more on Bryson.

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