Idaho offers speedy d-end prospect

ROBB AKEY makes no secret about his desire for defensive ends with speed rushing ability. Indeed, much of Akey's success as d-coordinator at WSU in the '03 season was built around the fleet footed play from bookends D.D. Acholonu and Ike Brown. The Idaho head man has offered an Evergreen State DE who holds some of those same characteristics. Several others, however, are also in pursuit.

Hank Bryant (6.4, 220, 4.67) out of Tumwater holds offers from Idaho and Fresno State and is seeing interest from several others.

Bryant said he has no early frontrunners and doesn't anticipate making his verbal commitment anytime soon. At the same time, the Vandals have made a strong early impression, he said.

"I like everything, actually," said Bryant. "I like their school, I like their weight training program. I like how they build their players."

Bryant has lined up just about everywhere over his career at Tumwater High, positioning himself at DE, DT, TE, HB, WR, punter and kicker. Most see him at defensive end at the next level, including Idaho, with Oregon and Portland State talking about him lining up as a 6-foot-4 outside linebacker.

"What (all the schools) liked was the quickness off the ball -- that's what all of them have told me," said Bryant. "They said they like the build that I have, and feel they can make me bigger, if they were to beef me up."

AMONG THOSE showing Bryant varying shades of the recruiting love are Arizona, Boise State, Oregon, Oregon State, Portland State, Washington State and Washington. He's gone to the Oregon State camp in Corvallis "every year" and Bill Doba at Washington State and Bryant chatted on the phone during the May Evaluation period.

Upcoming unofficial visit plans include Moscow for a few of the Vandals' games this season. Arizona and the Oregon schools are also among those talking to him about coming down for unofficial trips.

"Arizona just sent me three tickets to go see them but I don't know about the traveling part," said Bryant. "Oregon has, as has the U of O, invited me to come down and see things but I haven't had time to go down there yet.

"And Fresno State, I like how they play and I know a lot of their defense. My coach has a lot of the same defensive coordination that they do. I like how they run that because it keeps me open a little."

DISTANCE WON'T PLAY too large a role in his decision-making process, with Bryant saying "mainly academics" will carry the most weight.

"Distance doesn't really matter," said Bryant. "Arizona has contacted me and is probably the farthest I would go I'll just see where it ends up. I have not made up (my mind) on any one college."

A FIRST TEAM all-league defensive end in '06, Bryant enters his senior campaign as a three-year starter at tight end and/or defensive end. He's also an accomplished soccer player.

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