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99 DAYS TO KICKOFF: Bryce English

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In which BracketCat counts down the 99th day until kickoff with a profile of defensive lineman Bryce English.

We really need a replacement for Valentino Coleman at defensive tackle. Enter Bryce English, the Signing Day surprise of 2015.
We really need a replacement for Valentino Coleman at defensive tackle. Enter Bryce English, the Signing Day surprise of 2015.
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Bryce English
True Freshman
5-11 | 318
DeSoto, Texas

Bio

Position: Defensive Lineman

Previous College: None

Projection: Redshirt

Status: On Scholarship

Bryce Allen English (b. May 2, 1997) was a very late addition to the 2015 class. He selected the Wildcats on Signing Day over offers from Arkansas, SMU, and TCU after previously having been committed to both Texas and UCLA.

It's quite possible that he is the most talented and high-level recruit in the entire class, in fact. One might conclude that he will not redshirt, but defensive tackle might be the deepest position group on the team, so I expect he will.

Here's what English had to say about K-State in a recent GoPowercat.com article:

"Just the overall family atmosphere. Me and coach Mo, we've been talking for awhile. He didn't think he was going to be able to get me. I had all these offers and he backed off a little bit. Once he heard I was on the market, he pushed on me real hard. That's one thing I liked about it. And K-State, coach Snyder coached my dad back in the day, so they have a great relationship. Going down there, it just felt like a big family, and meeting up with some of the players from Texas ... there were a lot of them. That was good."

He played for DeSoto High School under head coach Claude Mathis, where he was rated the 30th-best defensive tackle nationally by Rivals.com, while he was rated 35th by ESPN and 40th by Scout.com.

English helped the Eagles to earn a 10-2 record and reach the second round of the Texas Class 6A Division 1 playoffs as he carded 56 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, six sacks, and three forced fumbles.

He was named the 2014 District 8-6A Co-Defensive Player of the Year, and earned honorable-mention all-state honors from the Texas Associated Press Sports Editors and all-area honors from The Dallas Morning News.

English was selected to play in the 2015 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in Carson, Calif., as well as the U-19 International Bowl between Team USA and Canada Football in Arlington, Texas.

His father, Lee, played at North Texas State from 1978 to 1981, including his freshman season when Bill Snyder was on staff as an assistant coach.

English also recorded 71 tackles, including 5.5 sacks as a junior. You can watch his senior highlights here.