Episcopal LB Bryce Steele (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruit757)
2021 Episcopal LB Bryce Steele is one of the hottest prospects in the state
by Andy Hilton, recruitNoVA
Episcopal stays a bit off the radar because they play private school football away from the structure of VISAA.
Woodberry Forest and Episcopal are two of a kind, and that connection comes to a head every year in “The Game”: the season finale for each team that has been played for well over 100 years running.
Bryce Steele (2021 OLB 6-2 205) came from the Raleigh-Durham metro to play his high school ball at Episcopal and has settled in nicely. UNC was the first to offer Bryce (after his reclassified freshman season) and his recruitment has taken off from there.
As of the Nike DC Regional, Steele held 16 offers and since then, he has added South Carolina and Maryland. He was unable to compete at the Opening Regional, but we caught up with him on the sidelines there.
“My big schools are Penn State, Michigan, Notre Dame. I plan to take visits to all three of those schools, so I’m going to Penn State in early June, and then I plan to go to Michigan and Notre Dame in late June. I plan to go to UNC, Duke, and NC State. I’m from Raleigh, North Carolina, so those schools are easy for me to hit whenever,” Bryce explained. “I get out of school June 1, so right after that, is when the visits start to hit.”
Of course an offer list of 16 (now 18) for a talented athlete like Bryce leaves a lot of schools who could still jump into the mix. Who is he hearing from that hasn’t pulled the trigger on an offer?
“Ohio State has been my dream school since I was younger. That’s one school that hasn’t offered. I plan to go there June 14 for camp and hopefully get an offer from them,” he said. “Right now I play Nickel at Episcopal at 6-2 205. A lot of schools are looking for me as an outside linebacker, nickel-hybrid. I’d like to graduate from high school at 6-2 220 or 225 so that’s a good size to play outside linebacker or hybrid in college.”
Bryce shared that Episcopal faces an early season match up vs. Bishop Sullivan of Virginia Beach. The final game on the schedule is Woodberry Forest, as always. What does it mean to play in “The Game”?
“It’s amazing. To run on the field and see 5,000 people in the stands is amazing. It’s like a college game, but we’re still in high school. We’ve won two in a row and we want to keep that streak going,” said Bryce.
You can see more of our conversation with Bryce, including more information on his recruiting priorities in the video window above. Photos from the Nike Opening Regional DC are available in our gallery here on the website.
– Andy Hilton