MTSU lands in-state defensive tackle

Defensive tackle Tevin Bryson of Humboldt (Tenn.), who had interest from schools in both the ACC and SEC, on Sunday committed to Middle Tennessee State during his official visit.
"I went on my trip there, and it went well," Bryson said. "I loved it. I spent a lot of time with the coaching staff and with the players. They showed me around the school, and I hung out some with [head coach] Rick Stockstill."
Both Arkansas State and Mississippi State hoped to get Bryson on campus for an official, he said. But after picking the Blue Raiders, Bryson has decided to not take any more trips.
According to Bryson, North Carolina also was showing interest.
"It's close to home," Bryson said. "It's somewhere I can stay close to my father. I'm ready. I know what school I want to go to and I'm going to focus on basketball now. I'll get to Middle Tennessee in July."
Bryson, who is 6-feet-2, 284 pounds, was a three-year starter.
"I knew going into [this weekend's official] I was going to commit," Bryson said. "Me and my dad sat around and talked about it. If I get up there and work hard, I'm going to play. That's what they said."
How did Stockstill respond when receiving Bryson's pledge?
"He was fired up," Bryson said.
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