Recruiting Analyst Gabe Brooks talks about what kind of player Indiana is getting in Texas DE/OLB Alfred "Lance" Bryant.

The Hoosiers have added another pass rusher to their 2017 recruiting class in Texas DE/OLB Alfred "Lance" Bryant. Recruiting Analyst Gabe Brooks breaks down what kind of player Bryant is and what he will be able to provide the Indiana defense when he gets to Bloomington next year.

Gabe Brooks Scouting Report on Bryant:

Alfred Bryant is a traditional four-man weak-side defensive end prospect who excels as a pass-rusher at Texas high school football’s highest level (Class 6A). Bryant could potentially play a standing edge rusher as a hybrid outside linebacker in an odd-front scheme, but the four-man weak-side end is his more natural projected position.

Bryant plays for a Houston-area power (Manvel High School) that consistently produces major FBS talent. Bryant lacks ideal size, but he’s long enough to be able to gain a good amount of weight to add bulk and strength as he prepares for the next level.

Perhaps Bryant’s best trait as a pass-rusher is his burst at the snap. His edge athleticism and angular build make him a tough blocking assignment, for larger, less mobile offensive tackles. He bends the edge and produces statistically at a high rate, as evidenced by a 13-sack junior season as Manvel won 13 games and reached 6A Division II state quarterfinals. Bryant gets low and stays low as he gets around the outside, often using a rip move to get under the tackle.

Bryant can improve his top-end speed (5.14 laser 40), but he operates in such close quarters that his burst is a more valuable tool and better judge of his ability to pressure the quarterback.

Overall, Bryant is a quality edge defender who’s definitely an FBS-caliber prospect and will likely garner some Power Five offers. Playing in Texas’ Class 6A for a perennial power will help him as he transitions to the next level. Top Stories