It’ll be a quick turnaround for safety/linebacker prospect Bryce Steele, who decommitted from South Carolina on Tuesday and plans to make his new college choice on Dec. 1. Steele, a Raleigh native and one of the best players in North Carolina, is giving NC State a long look this time around.
Here’s what he told Rivals recruiting analyst Adam Friedman about the Wolfpack:
“I’m actually pretty cool with Drake Thomas and Payton Wilson,” he said. “I worked out with them over quarantine when all the college athletes weren’t able to work out with their team. I also know a lot of players on the defensive side of the ball there. I know that their 2021 class is shaping up pretty well with players like Jordan Poole and Aaron McLaughlin. A lot of players at N.C. State have been hitting me up trying to get me there. It’s right in my backyard so having the possibility to play close to home is nice.”
Steele is also considering Texas, Michigan State, and Boston College at this point. And as he says, he still wants to sign during the December early period, which is one reason why he’s making his choice so quickly.
Steele played his high school football at Millbrook, where he emerged as a high three-star prospect and racked up numerous power-conference offers. At 6’1 and 207, he has the potential to play at safety or linebacker at the next level. (South Carolina recruited him as a linebacker.)
He had been committed to South Carolina since April, but opted to explore his options after the Gamecocks fired head coach Will Muschamp. If he does pull the trigger for NC State, he will become the fourth-best prospect the Pack’s 2021 class.