Bryant Keeping Options Open

In spite of his verbal commitment to Miami, Keith Bryant plans on checking out the Hurricanes' ACC Coastal foe, North Carolina.

"It seems like a pretty good school," Bryant said. "They've had some good guys come out of there – some good defensive linemen. It seems like a good program. I just need to learn more."

To learn more, Bryant, a 6-foot-2, 292-pound defensive tackle from Delray Beach (Fla.) Atlantic, is strongly considering visiting UNC in some capacity.

"It comes down to what my mom wants me to do," Bryant said. "Right now, she wants me to go visit other schools. She wants me to do both [summer trips and official visits]. She said you only get one chance in a life time to do all this stuff. She's coming with me on the officials. She might come [with me on summer visits]."

Bryant doesn't have any future visits planned and isn't exactly sure which schools he'll visit, besides UNC.

"I haven't even made a top five yet," Bryant said. "I have 31 offers and I haven't even narrowed things down.

"But I'm going to visit North Carolina. I just don't know when."

Bryant has already visited several schools, including Auburn and LSU, since committing to Miami in mid-January.

Since UNC offered in April, Bryant has kept in regular contact with the Tar Heels coaching staff. He had a conversation with Randy Jordan, his area recruiter, last week and Larry Fedora a week and a half ago.

"They're just telling me to keep up the good work," Bryant said. "They're telling me about the school."

During his freshman season, Bryant became a starter at defensive tackle for Atlantic. After sitting out his sophomore year to get his academics in order, he had a breakout junior campaign in which he lead the team in tackles and tackles for a loss. He also had 13 1/2 sacks.

"I was rusty [during my junior season], but I got into my groove and I was able to put together a good highlight tape," Bryant said. "I showed a lot of potential last Friday in our spring game.

"I'm going to tell you this straight up: I feel I'm the best d-tackle in Florida – if not the nation. I don't see anybody doing what I'm doing. I don't see anybody that can beat me out in one-on-ones. For my size and my weight, I don't see anybody that's faster than me or stronger than me."

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