2003 Profile: QB DeAngelo Bryant

We now take a look at one of the top quarterbacks returning in South Carolina High School football next season, Silver Bluff's DeAngelo Bryant. Without question, Byrant is one of the top athletes in the state, the question is will he be a quarterback or a strong safety at the next level?

DeAngelo Bryant (6'2, 210) will return to gridiron next year with all sorts of expectations. After all, he helped lead Silver Bluff to an undefeated season and a state championship last year.

Last season, DeAngelo passed for almost 1,300 yards and 17 touchdowns, while completing 66 of 118 of his passes (55.9%).

Silver Bluff runs the Wing-T offense, which relies heavily on misdirection and talent at the skill positions, and without question, Bryant has mastered it to perfection.

With Bryant running the show, Silver Bluff is an incredible 43-1 over their last 44 games- quite impressive indeed. He is known as a leader on and off the field, and on a team that had four very talented backs this past season, (one including Troy Williamson) Bryant was the glue that held the team together.

The word on DeAngelo is that he wants to stay close to home, and his list of top schools represent that fact. Georgia, Clemson, and South Carolina are his current leaders.

At the next level, Bryant will probably switch over to the secondary, most likely as a safety. He was the starting strong safety his sophomore year, and he was actually ranked as a preseason all-state performer in the secondary last year, even though he ended up concentrating on offense.

With his athleticism, it certainly would not be a problem to make the switch back in college. He has good size at 6'2, 215 lbs, and he also has decent speed at 4.5 in the forty-yard dash.

On film, he displays that sort of toughness that you'd find in a defensive-minded player, he isn't afraid to lower his shoulder and deliver the big hit on a defensive back, and he often just drags tacklers downfield. He is also can improvise if need be on a busted play, so its safe to say he has good "football instincts".

Bryant, a natural athlete, is also a standout performer on the baseball diamond, earning back-to-back all-state accolades as the top shortstop in Class AA.

One thing you might want to look out for is Troy Williamson, and his influence over Bryant. It has been already been reported Williamson has guaranteed that Bryant would come to South Carolina if he was offered a scholarship there. Don't give up just yet though, alot can happen between now and signing day 2003.

We'll keep you updated on this fine prospect as we receive more information throughout the spring and summer.

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