UNC Pursuing Emerging DT

North Carolina is among the schools recruiting Tevin Bryson, a 6-foot-4, 285-pound, late-blooming defensive tackle from Humboldt (Tenn.).

"Coach [Joe Robinson] offered him on the spot after seeing [Bryson] play in a basketball game," Humboldt assistant coach Steve Mathis said. "[Bryson] had set [an official visit] up, but he didn't go on it, because of the coaching change."

Bryson's original UNC official visit was scheduled for the weekend of Dec. 16.

While at Illinois, Vic Koenning, UNC's current defensive coordinator, expressed interest in Bryson. Thus, unsurprisingly, the Tar Heels' new staff is working to reschedule that official visit.

Although he has played football throughout his high school career, Bryson didn't come into his own until his senior season.

"This year was when he first decided to make football the focus," Mathis said. "He has played every one of the sports growing up. And then his mother passed away during his junior year and that was tough on him being a high school kid. I think he just put his mind to wanting to be a football player this year."

The result of Bryson's new found focus: a senior season that ended as a TSWA Class 2A All-State selection.

"From my coaching experience – I've been coaching probably 12 years – I've never seen anybody that big that could move like that," Mathis said. "He's the most coachable kid I've ever coached – you don't have to tell him something twice. He understands what he's getting block-wise and has a natural feel. To have feet for someone that big is unbelievable to me. He's just an athlete."

Mathis' athleticism stems from his basketball background. He has started at center on Humboldt's basketball team since his freshman year. As a junior, he averaged 8.5 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.

Additionally, Bryson's senior season play allowed the Humboldt coaching staff to put together a highlight reel of him.

"Right towards the end of November we put [his highlight film] out," Mathis said. "And people were like, ‘Man, this kid can play.' We sent it out to all the different colleges and they all wanted to know where this kid had been. That was the first time anything had been sent out on him."

In addition to UNC, Marshall has offered Bryson, while schools like Mississippi, Mississippi State, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt have shown significant interest. That interest will likely only escalate since the Dead Period has ended.

"Tennessee is returning tomorrow night to see him play a basketball game," Mathis said.

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