DE with Vandal offer to be in town

ONE OF THE defensive end recruiting targets for the Vandals, who also holds a scholarship offer from the silver and gold, will be in Moscow on Saturday to take in the Homecoming tilt against Fresno State. Idaho is also the school he says is recruiting him the hardest since coaches were allowed to initiate a phone call to prospective student-athletes as of Sept. 1.

Hank Bryant holds offers from Idaho and the Vandals' opponent this week, Fresno State. UI assistant Luther Carr has been showing the 6-4, 220-pounder the most recruiting love over the past month and a half.

"It would have to be Idaho who's the main school who's called and talked to me. Coach Carr, he likes to call...once a week," said Bryant.

He'll be in Moscow on an unofficial visit this weekend. An official visit to Idaho is also on tap.

"I'm pretty sure it's December 3," said Bryant.

Bryant, who runs a 4.67 in the 40, said he is also seeing increasing interest from Washington State. Meanwhile, Fresno State and Eastern Washington remain in regular contact.

Other schools in the mix showing Bryant, out of Tumwater High, various shades of interest this recruiting year include Boise State, Oregon, Portland State and Washington.

He said he doesn't have a frontrunner at this time, and is keeping all his options open.

"I'm still gathering information," said Bryant.

ON THE FIELD, the versatile Bryant has played just about every position at Tumwater, lining up at DE, DT, TE, HB, WR, punter and kicker over the course of his career.

Most, including Idaho, see him at defensive end at the next level.

He's been dominant coming off the edge, getting to the quarterback and forcing teams to gear their running game towards the opposite side of the field.

That doesn't mean, however, he doesn't have offensive skills. Bryant somewhat fell into a full-time running back role in Tumwater's wing-t this season and he's been making good use of his opportunities, averaging over 10 yards a carry.

"Last game I had four touchdowns," said Bryant, who went to the house once by the reception and thrice via the ground against Elma.

Tumwater is ranked No. 2 in the state in the latest AP Poll.

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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