Mr. Football Set To Make A Decision

Three schools are in the running for Alabama's Mr. Football, who plans to make his choice this week.

Hoover, Ala.–-Alabama's Mr. Football Jarod Bryant took a visit to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland over the weekend and says that he's done with his visits and will now make a choice between Auburn, Air Force and Navy sometime in the coming week.

"It was good," Bryant tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "It was real good. They showed me around and showed me what it was like to be a Midshipman. It was pretty cool. My host was their quarterback Aaron Polanco. We went out and had some fun. I got to meet Coach Johnson (Paul Johnson) and I was really impressed with him and their coaching staff."

Jarod Bryant

Interested in some form of aviation after his college days are done, Bryant has already visited Colorado to see Air Force. He says his visit to Navy over the weekend gave him a glimpse of what life would be like after leaving with a degree from the academy.

"The thing I was impressed with was the stuff you can do after you graduate from the academy," Bryant says. "You have to serve after you're in that. I got to meet with a captain. He flew and got to take off and land on aircraft carriers. That would be pretty cool. The opportunities you get from going to there are amazing."

Bryant says he now will sit back and ponder the positives and negatives of each situation before making a decision. With scholarship offers from both academies and the chance to walk on at Auburn, a lifetime dream, staring him in the face he says it's going to be a tough choice to make in the end.

"I still have a decision to make," Bryant says. "I'm not sure. I have to sit down and talk with my parents. I'm not sure yet. I'll try to make a decision this week though. I just want to see where I feel the most comfortable and where the best spot for my future is. Those will be the most important factors going into it. I'll sit down and think about it and pray about it and hopefully I'll make the right decision."

In his first year as the starting quarterback for the Hoover Bucs, Bryant was virtually unstoppable as he led his team to a perfect season and the Class 6A State Championship. The 5-10, 185 Bryant threw for 3,100 yards and 31 touchdowns with just three interceptions. It's those numbers that have him being recruited as a quarterback by the two academies that run the wishbone offense or variations of it. Auburn is recruiting Bryant as a running back or defensive back because of his 4.5 speed in the 40-yard dash and his experience at positions other than quarterback in his previous two seasons for Hoover.

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