Bryant High On Kentucky

Ohio defensive end hoping for a chance to visit the Wildcats before the spring is over. We get the latest on Derrick Bryant and his interest in Kentucky.

With eight scholarship offers already in hand, Columbus (Ohio) Brookhaven defensive end Derrick Bryant knows the recruiting process is a marathon and not a sprint.  Because of this he's hoping to visit as many programs as possible before making any choices on his college future.  One of the programs Bryant hopes to visit soon is Kentucky.


"I'm planning to go there for a visit pretty soon," Bryant told Kentucky Sports Report.  "I've talked with a couple of their coaches and they'd like for me to come down and see a spring practice so I get a feeling for how they go about their business."


While Bryant hasn't been on campus before he's hearing a lot of good things about the Wildcats.


"I know Kentucky has won three straight bowl games and the program is one on the rise in the SEC.  Coach (Chuck) Smith is hoping for me to get down there this weekend but it will depend upon what my mother or brother is doing if I can get there."


Not only has Bryant talked with Coach Smith he's also receiving attention from another Kentucky coach.


"Kentucky will be getting a new head coach in Joker Phillips and I've spoken with Coach Phillips a couple of times already.  The coaches feel I could play early and they see me as a rush end in their system."


Living in Big Ten country has allowed for Bryant to compare the different styles of football.


"I would say I wouldn't play in the Big Ten, but it seems like the Big Ten is a game of bigger players with defensive linemen in the 280-pound range and offensive linemen all being over 300+ pounds.  The SEC looks to be more of a speed game and I feel that is something I have a lot of interest in looking at being a part of."


While he's in no hurry to name any favorites Bryant knows the time will come when he'll have to narrow down his list.


"Right now there are a lot of schools that have offered and some who have said they'll be coming to visit in May and will then decide if their going to offer me.  I'd like to see as many schools in person before making any choices."


Having also added offers from Minnesota and Michigan State, the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Bryant is also hearing from UCLA and Oregon.  Both west coast programs plan to visit in May before making their mind up on offering.

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