Pittsburgh (PA) Brashear has sent a number of players to FBS schools over the last four recruiting classes. Pitt receiver Ed Tinker, Boston College offensive lineman John Wetzel and Wisconsin's Manasseh Garner are just a few. All three have the potential to contribute to their respective team significantly in 2011.
The next top prospect out of Brashear is running back Joell Nesbit. Nesbit recently attended a Wisconsin junior day, and has also been to one at Toledo. This Saturday, he will be at hometown Pitt's junior day.
"I'm supposed to be going to Pitt this weekend," Nesbit said. "I haven't been able to get down there. They invited me to (Pitt-Syracuse, January 17) basketball game, but I wasn't able to get down there."
Nesbit is looking forward to getting to know the new coaching staff.
"Yes, I want to see what they're like, and see if they're better than the old ones," Nesbit added. "I knew (former running backs coach David Walker), and I want to see what the difference is; better or worse."
Nesbit also said the previous staff was recruiting him as a running back. He expects to be recruited as a running back, as he is with Toledo. Wisconsin is recruiting him as a safety.
"I'm interested (in Wisconsin), but they haven't offered," Nesbit said. "They were saying they don't rush about offering, and that was the first time they had seen my highlight video. They said they'll be up to see me."
Nesbit said he was one of about 200 prospects on Wisconsin's campus over the weekend, and he enjoyed his time in Madison. Close friend Jaylen Coleman—who got a Pitt offer last week—was also invited for the junior day, but wasn't able to get up there. Nesbit was still able to catch up with his former teammate Garner.
"It was good," Nesbit said of Wisconsin. "(Tight ends) Coach (Joe) Rudolph basically loved me. He told me all the things, how he liked my highlight tape. He said, ‘I don't care what other coaches say, I know you have the ability.' They want me to play safety up there. It was a nice experience. The coaches are nice. The campus is nice."
Nesbit also expects to go to prospect camps at both Pitt and Wisconsin this summer.