Bryant Sets Hat Trick Day

Chris Bryant will be taking his final trip to Illinois on Jan. 21. "I have a great relationship with all the coaches at Illinois," Bryant said. "I think that's a good program and I already know a lot about them." Although the Fighting Illini are only about one and half-hours away, Bryant says that distance will not be a factor. His other favorites are Michigan, Arizona and Pittsburgh...

Chris Bryant, the 6-foot-5, 330-pound three-star offensive guard from Simeon Vocational High School in Chicago, Ill., will be announcing his decision on Jan. 28 during a press conference at his high school. But before Bryant makes a decision, he still has one more official visit left to take.

Bryant, ranked as the No. 22 offensive guard in the country by Scout.com, will be taking his final trip to Illinois on Jan. 21.

"I have a great relationship with all the coaches at Illinois," Bryant said. "I think that's a good program and I already know a lot about them."

Although the Fighting Illini are only about one and half-hours from his house, Bryant says that distance will not be a factor.

This past weekend, Jan. 14, Bryant took an official visit to Pittsburgh. "That's a great city," he said. "It reminds me of Chicago.

"I love that they share their facilities with the Steelers," he said. "Everything there is quality."

Bryant says he also enjoyed meeting new Panthers' head coach Todd Graham. "He's cool and down-to-earth," he said. "He's a players' coach and I think he'll do great there."

Graham also talked with Bryant about how he'd fit into his plans. "They run a spread and we run a spread at my high school," he said. "Coach Graham thinks I'd be a good fit in their offense."

Bryant was the only recruit to visit the Panthers this weekend and his player-host was redshirt freshman wide receiver Devin Street. "It was cool hanging with him," he said. "He told me that when he chose Pitt it was just the best fit for him. He really likes it. Even though he's not exactly sure what else is gonna change he says he's excited about the new head coach. He's still trying to get to know him though. We're in the same boat."

In December, Bryant also visited Arizona (Dec. 3) and Michigan (Dec. 10) officially.

When he visited the Wolverines Rich Rodriguez was still the head coach. "But I talked with (new coach) Brady Hoke already and he seems like a cool guy too," he said. "He's very down-to-earth and says they're gonna run a pro-style offense."

Bryant's former teammate, Fabbians Ebbelle, is redshirt freshman offensive lineman for Arizona. "That's cool that he's there," he said. "We get along great.

"I also love the weather in Arizona," he said.

Bryant now denies a leader from these four. "Once I have a leader that'll be the school I choose," he said. "I don't know yet.

"I need to talk it all over with my coaches and family," he said about his decision.

Another thing that Bryant still needs to decide is how he's going to make his announcement. "I have a few hats," he admitted. "But I'm not sure if that's what I'm gonna do."

Bryant reports a 3.6 core GPA and a 21 ACT.


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