Top Non-LDS Texas DT Lists BYU Among Favorities

Most would think a non-LDS defensive tackle from Texas that stands 6-2, 302 pounds with a 4.9/40, a 4.5 shuttle, a 330-pound bench press and a 550-pound squat would most seriously be weighing offers and strong interest from high profile universities like Arizona, Kansas State, Louisiana State, Texas A&M, Arkansas and Oklahoma, right? Well, you can add BYU to his list of favorites.

Trey Bryant, rated the 56th best player in the Texas Hot 100 list (all positions), consistently lists BYU atop his top 5 list of colleges he is most interested in. The senior-to-be from Berkner High School was described by analyst James Hales as "a big cat that can really explode off the ball and he goes into his senior year regarded as one of the top defensive tackles in Texas."

Last season, Bryant recorded 54 total tackles, seven quarterback pressures, seven sacks, one fumble caused and one fumble recovery. As a sophomore, Bryant had 40 tackles, one sack, one tackle-for-loss and one fumble recovery.

"I like hitting people more than blocking people. That is why I like playing on the defensive line," Bryant said in interview. "I love to put the big hit on somebody and like to intimidate teams at the line of scrimmage. My size and quickness is a tremendous asset for me and my overall speed for my size is tough for teams to match-up with."

Though Bryant plans to take his time in choosing a college, there are two key distinct advantages BYU has over more prominent schools: Two of his closest friends on Berkner's football team will be playing for BYU this fall.

"BYU signed two of my friends in B.J. Mathis and Karland Bennett and I've been hearing some good things about the school." said Bryant. "All the good things I want to hear, I'm hearing about BYU. I'm going down to BYU with B.J in June for an unofficial visit until around July. I'll be down there all that time," he said.

Indeed, Bryant will be in Provo to see BYU's summer camp watching Mathis and Bennett in voluntary summer workouts with BYU teammates.

Bryant admitted his teammates "talk to me all the time and want me to come up to BYU. I've thought about that a lot."

Mathis, a return specialist with 4.32/40 speed, commented on his Bryant's skills: "He's quick and can hit," said Mathis. "I'm trying to get him up there to BYU. He's coming out with me in June. I'm heading up there to get ready and workout with the team; do the 7-on-7s and all that. Then I'll be heading back home in July before fall practice starts."

Eager to return the compliment, Bryant noted the following about Mathis and Bennett: "B.J Mathis is quick. He's 5-7, 179 pounds and runs a 4.32/40. BYU is looking at him for kick returns and then be in the rotation at the slot receiver next year. They are also looking at him to play corner because of his speed. Karland is just big and fast. He's 6-2, 220 and can run a 4.5 He's a good player and is always around the ball. He can flat out fly and hit."

With the recent string of BYU Honor Code violations that have derailed the 2004 football plans of at least six Cougars, Bryant indicated "that doesn't bother me because I know I can live it."

Bryant has indicated some months ago he might commit early, but has since changed his mind. "I wanted to commit to a school early before my senior season got started, but I'm going to hold off and take my time."

"I don't really have a favorite right now. It's pretty even with all the schools. I want to take my time in talking to the coaches, watch how the schools do the first few games and see what's best for me."

Bryant has already received firm offers from BYU, Arizona, Southern Methodist and Baylor "I also want to take a trip to Arizona and see what they got down there. I've already been to Baylor," he said.

Possessing both power and that quick twitch muscle reflex that defensive coaches covet in a defensive tackle, Bryant said more than 20 colleges are actively recruiting him.

In a recent article on Kansas State's website, Bryant expressed his game this way, "I like to deliver the blow, especially offensive linemen. I like to line up in my three-point stance and fire out and just take it to them every single snap and put it on them."

"A lot of teams will try to run away from me, but I like to use my speed sideline to sideline and hunt them down. I love to catch them from behind; they are not going to get away from me. When I catch them, I punish them," Bryant added.

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