Commitment Spotlight: Marquel Bryant
"I was at home going over my choices," said Marquel Bryant. "I wanted to see which school was the best fit, so I compared each on to see which was the best from me. I had offers from Colorado State, Texas Tech, UTEP, SMU, Kentucky, and Kansas State. When I got to Kansas State I thought it would be a place I would really enjoy, so I went ahead and gave them my verbal."
Bryant visited Manhattan for the Wildcat spring game and hopes to return in late fall for an official visit to the university.
"After the season I'm hoping to come back," said Bryant. "When I was there in the spring I didn't get a chance to see everything. I saw great views of the campus and liked the school, but I think on my official I can see it more in depth and my liking for the school will continue to grow."
Bryant, 6-2.5, 218, runs a 4.55 40-yard dash. K-State is looking at him for his quickness off the edge on the defensive line or as an outside linebacker, or "rover."
"In my game I feel like I use my size well," Bryant said. "I use my combination of speed and strength to get into the backfield. I think a lot of people underestimate my strength, and I take advantage of that beating them off the line. I'm stronger than what I look like."
Bryant stepped into a starting role as a junior last season at the very competitive Texas high school. He was named All-District and has even bigger hopes for his final year at Skyline.
"The coaches said I had a good year last year, but I think I could have done better," said Bryant. "I've got to give it all I have, give double the effort every time out, and just keep getting better."
Michael Smith has been Bryant's primary recruiter to Kansas State, but the rapport he shared with all of the coaches is a big reason for his commitment.
"All of them are pretty cool," Bryant stated of the K-State staff. "I felt a good vibe in all of the conversations we had together. They gave me down-to-earth, realistic answers to my questions. They want to keep it real and expect the same from you."
The Skylne Raiders under coach Reginald Samples will begin two-a-day practices next week. After summer camps at SMU, Baylor, and UTEP, Bryant says he will now focus on the coming season. They open their season with Florida powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas which will have a nationally televised audience.
Skyline failed to go far in the playoffs after a 12-1 season in 2009. This team will feature seniors Mike Moore, a Minnesota commitment, Franklin Shannon, an Oklahoma commitment, and highly rated Anthony Wallace to team with Bryant.
Marquel Bryant reports good work in the classroom and participates in an after school clean-up program with the Skyline teachers. He is a cousin of Dallas Cowboy and former Oklahoma State great, Dez Bryant.
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