Baseball/Football prospect decides for Tide

Tide fans were excited at the recent news that Pensacola quarterback Patrick Bryant was coming to Alabama, as well they should have been. But the good news is for Coach Wells' baseball team and not for football.

Patrick Bryant (6-4, 195, 4.60) is a versatile athlete from Catholic High School in Pensacola, Florida.

A highly touted two-sport player, who has had dominating performances in football and baseball, Bryant is an imposing presence on the mound.

He finished last season with a 9-1 record. Bryant totaled 120 strikeouts, 15 walks and a 1.15 ERA. His fastball has been clocked as high as 93 MPH.

In football Bryant was selected the WEAR3-TV "Quarterback of the Year" as a junior after passing for 1,886 yards and 21 touchdowns. He also made second team All State in Florida that year. This season Bryant had 1,816 yards, 15 TDs against only five interceptions.

Bryant has attended football camps at Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia Tech and the Elite 11 in Las Vegas.

He bench presses 225 pounds. Bryant carries a 3.2 GPA in the classroom and scored 18 on the ACT.

Bryant had numerous schools evaluating him in football, though few actual scholarship offers. Either way, he put the football speculation to rest by signing with Alabama (Wednesday 12th) to play baseball for Coach Jim Wells and his Crimson Tide team.

Bryant says that he may entertain the possibility of trying both sports in the future but at the present it is strictly baseball. Given the level of commitment that Wells expects from all his players, especially those receiving aid, that's probably a remote possibility.

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