At 5-10 and 185 pounds, Jarod Bryant quarterbacked Hoover to a 15-0 record and the Class 6A football championship for Alabama. In the two previous seasons, Bryant used his 4.52 speed at wide receiver and running back for the Bucs.
While he passed for more than 3,000 yards and 31 touchdowns this past season, Bryant is being recruited by Auburn as an athlete who could play several positions in college. That's what he says he was told during a weekend recruiting visit to Auburn where he met with the Tigers' offensive coordinator Al Borges and running backs coach Eddie Gran.
"I want to help a team any way I can, as a running back, receiver or maybe throwing some balls," Bryant says.
Bryant made a visit to the Air Force Academy the previous week and has a visit planned to the Naval Academy next week. His offer to AU is expected to be as a specially invited walk-on while the academies are offering a full ride.
"I'm still waiting," Bryant says of his college destination. "I'm going to take my visit to Navy next weekend, then I'll sit down with may family and make a decision."
Unlike some of his fellow recruits, Bryant says he knows he probably won't be an NFL prospect. For that reason, he will look strongly at his options with the service academies that want him as a quarterback.
Bryant said he assumed a different role during the Parade of Champions on Saturday for the 13-0 Auburn Tigers of 2004.
"I've seen most of this stuff before, but I was looking at it from a different perspective as a recruit," he said. "Blake Field was my host. We went out and had some fun. He showed me what it was like to be a student at Auburn.
"The ceremony Saturday was really neat and cool. I couldn't even see the end of where all the fans were. It was different--but fun--to be on this end."