Bryant Gets A Duke Offer

When we last spoke to Pickerington (Ohio) High standout Darien Bryant, he was hopeful that the Duke coaching staff would review enough of his film to extend an offer. After a few weeks and an unofficial visit to Durham, he's gotten his wish.

"I visited campus on Friday morning," said Darien Bryant. "On Monday evening I got a text message from my coach telling me I should call the Duke coaches. So I called Coach luke and he told me they were offering me a scholarship."

That brings his offer total to eight and counting. Those other offers are from Maryland, Marshall, Air Force, Miami (Ohio), Ohio, Toledo, Kent State, and Youngstown State. Some are recruiting Bryant as a receiver. Some as a tight end. Duke falls into the second category, and had been recruiting Bryant throughout the spring, but it wasn't until he set foot on campus that he received his offer.

And it seems the visit made quite the impression.

"I didn't participate in their camp, it was just an unofficial visit and I met with Coach Luke. He showed me around campus and then I had a really good meeting with Coach Middleton in his office. Once we went over to the practice field I had a chance to talk to Coach Cutcliffe and then he came by Coach Luke's office before I left. The campus was unique and I've never seen those kinds of gardens on a college campus."

The landscaping aside, Bryant admits that by stepping up with an offer Duke has strengthened their position with him.

"I'm even more interested in Duke now that I have the offer. An education from Duke is very valuable and the fact that they thought enough of me and have faith in my athletic abilities enough to offer me such an opportunity is really exciting."

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