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After visiting Virginia Tech last weekend, Kevin Bronson returned home from his visit to Florida Atlantic this weekend knowing exactly where he wanted to attend college for the next four years. His answer… Virginia Tech.
Bronson is expected to be a defensive end at Virginia Tech. At 6’3” and 235 pounds, he’s well on his way towards being a physically opposing player on that side of the ball. However, this commitment is more about adding quality depth than anything else. Tech has three players in this class that can play defensive end, however one of those three players is going to end up at tight end. Xavier Burke is probably the odds on favorite to begin his career on the offensive side of the football.
Bronson is listed as an athlete by 247Sports but is ranked a defensive end by the rest of the recruiting services. Overall, this is a terrific pickup for the Hokies.
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You can view Bronson’s highlight film on HUDL here.
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When you’re dealing with a high 3* prospect or above, you’re probably talking about the best player on the field during most high school football games. Bronson fits that category and it’s very clear in his highlight film that there weren’t many opposing offensive linemen that could handle blocking Bronson on a consistent basis.
The Florida native is cat-quick off the line and there are clips in his film linked above where he just about beats the snap back to the quarterback. That elite first step is something I’m sure Coach Wiles loves. Physically, Bronson is well put together and he’s going to enter Virginia Tech already a step ahead of some players from a weight lifting standpoint. With spring practice down in Florida, I feel like most Florida prospects are a step ahead of those in the north when it comes to weightlifting and football IQ just because you can play year-round down there.
The downside to Bronson is that the level of play he faced in high school will be nothing like what he faces week in and week out in an improving ACC. He’s also a defensive tackle in many of his clips, lining up using 3 technique where he’s on the outside shoulder of the offensive guard.
At Virginia Tech, he will play 7 technique and line up on the outside shoulder of the offensive tackle. That will be significantly different for him, which may take some time for him to adjust. Although the Hokies are thin at defensive end this year, I think a redshirt year would be very useful just for that reason.
Overall, I like Bronson because of how physically gifted he is at this game. He’s big enough and quick enough to be a terrific fit for us at either defensive end position. That versatility is big as well, especially with the Hokies only taking two true defensive ends in this class. However, Tech fans may need to be a little patient with his development as he adjusts to the level of play needed to start at this level. That said, I like this pickup. I like it a lot.
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