Bryce Steele announced last week that he plans to commit soon: Dec. 1 (Tuesday) at 5 p.m. That announcement came just two days after Steele de-committed from South Carolina, which recently fired head coach and rage enthusiast Will Muschamp.
As of right now, however, the favorites to land the 4-star defender are NC State and Boston College.
For the Wolfpack, Steele is more than a priority target; he’s a local prospect, too. The 6-foot-1, 207-pound safety/linebacker is from Raleigh, where he plays his prep ball for Millbrook HS. Prior to returning home and playing for Millbrook, Steele played at Episcopal in Alexandria, Va.
247 Sports ranks Steele as the No. 18 inside linebacker in the 2021 recruiting class and a top-20 prospect in North Carolina.
Some recruiting experts have the Eagles — led by first-year coach Jeff Hafley — as the team to beat for Steele. However, NC State may be trending in the right direction, given recent social media activity from Steele.
— Bryce Steele (@bryce_steele1) November 30, 2020
(Prior to his commitment to South Carolina earlier this year, UNC was a finalist for Steele, too.)
NC State’s 2021 recruiting class sits at 19 commits — ranked 29th nationally. The addition of Steele would boost both of those numbers.
On the other hand, Boston College has 23 commits in its 2021 class, which ranks 40th among FBS programs, per 247 Sports. If Steele commits to BC, he’ll become the second-highest rated prospect in the class.
Currently, the Eagles have only one player from North Carolina on their roster: redshirt senior linebacker John Lamot, who hails from Graham.