Florida State head Mike Norvell landed his 12th commitment for his 2021 recruiting class Tuesday morning when offensive line prospect Bryson Estes announced via Twitter that he plans to sign with the Seminoles following his senior season.
Estes, who is 6-foot-3 and 291 pounds, plays offensive tackle at McDonough (Ga.) Eagles Landing High School but could be asked to move to guard or center once he arrives on campus. 247Sports has Estes rated as a three-star prospect and also ranks him as the 8th-best center prospect in the nation and the 41st-best overall prospect from Georgia.
It was just two weeks ago that Estes announced that FSU was among the final five schools he would consider for college but he has just continued to pick up offers since then, including one from UCF earlier this week. The other schools in his top 5 were Arizona State, Missouri, Penn State and Nebraska.
Estes committed to FSU despite being on campus just one time since Norvell and staff took over the program.
“I was able to visit FSU on March 12th right before the quarantine,” Estes told the Osceola after announcing his top 5 in late May. “I loved meeting Coach Norvell. We talked about football but also life. He talked about it being (about) more than football and about growing me as a man and a future father and husband.”
Estes also got a chance to sit down with offensive line coach Alex Atkins on that visit.
“I met with Coach Atkins also and he talked to me about how he coached everyone differently because players all learn things differently,” said Estes. “I like that a lot. He sees me playing at either guard position or right tackle with a possible transition to center later, which is very appealing also.”
When reached by the Osceola this morning, Estes said that distance from home and having family in south Georgia were among the other reasons he committed to FSU. He says he also continues to be impressed with Seminoles’ offensive line coach Alex Atkins.
“The distance to home was a big factor and I have great relationship with Coach Atkins,” said Estes. “I like the way he coaches and teaches. I will sign in December and be an early enrollee. Coach Atkins has said I will begin at guard or right tackle.”
FSU’s class is now ranked No. 18 in the nation, according to 247Sports.
Earlier this spring Osceola Football Analyst Mark Salva, Recruiting Analyst Charles Fishbein and Pat Burnham wrote their evaluations of Estes after watching his junior HUDL highlight tape. Their thoughts on the young lineman are listed below:
Salva on Estes: “He’s got good size, not elite size but good size. You’ve kind of got to project him a little bit in that regard. You see him do some really good things … I think he has a good stance, which tells me he has good hip flexibility, some good ankle flexibility … Not sure about the level of competition (he plays against), so that is something I would have to check into a little bit more … He is an intriguing prospect … I would have to see how he progresses as a senior… But he does a lot of good things for sure.”
Fishbein on Estes: “Has some athletic ability. Can get to the edge and seal off the defender. He is a little slow out of his stance but once he gets going Estes can move. He will need to get bigger and stronger at the next level. He has good technique. Can play multiple positions on the line.”
Burnham on Estes: “I thought he moved extremely well. He gets out in front of the quick screens and gets up on the second level and has the ability to lock on to people … I thought he established inside hands well … He gets too high at times and allows people to get inside his numbers at times … I agree with Mark – I have questions about the level of competition but also agree with Fish and that if he was willing to commit, you would have to take (his commitment) based on where FSU is today with the offensive line roster.”