DeAndre Bryant will choose Arkansas or Louisville

Dunwoody (Ga.) two-sport standout DeAndre Bryant (6-6, 200, 4.55) is close to announcing a decision between Arkansas and Louisville, but Georgia, Oklahoma State and Ole Miss are still trying to get a visit.

Perhaps none of the 12 football prospects on hand at the University of Arkansas this weekend enjoyed themselves Saturday afternoon as much as DeAndre Bryant.

That's because Dunwoody (Ga.) High star Bryant (6-6, 200, 4.55) can not only see himself playing outside linebacker for the Razorbacks on the football field, but also on the basketball court.

That's because many feel he is a D-I prospect in both sports, putting in time during the summer for the renown Atlanta Celtics AAU hoops squad.

"I loved the way they got up and down the court today and I would love to be part of a team like that," Bryant said after watching Arkansas blast Auburn 95-59 before 19,162 fans at Bud Walton Arena. "I wouldn't be that much of a scorer for them, but I could do all the other things to help a team."

While Bryant is a very good hoopster, it is football that will punch his ticket to college.

"I think I have a brighter future in football and that is why I am going to take that route and it be my main sport," Bryant said. "I am looking forward to playing in college."

Bryant visited Louisville last weekend in advance of his trip to Arkansas this weekend.

Oklahoma State, Georgia and Ole Miss are all trying to get him to visit next week, but doesn't think he will go to any of those places.

"Right now it's Arkansas and Louisville and I am not really planning on going to those other places," Bryant said. "In fact, I have a real good idea about where I want to go, but I want to go home with my mom and talk it over on Sunday night before saying anything."

Bryant played both football and basketball in his junior high and sophomore seasons at Chamblee High, but just basketball as a junior.

He returned to the gridiron his senior season and responded with 72 tackles and four interceptions.

He went back out for football after transferring to Dunwoody and it turned out to be a tremendous move on his part according to Dunwoody head coach James Teter.

"He has such a bright future," Teter said. "He is a guy who came out this year and just became a very complete football player after having a year off. He has great speed, is a great tackler and brings it on each and every play."

While he played safety for Dunwoody, all the schools recruiting him except Louisville have talked about him lining up at outside linebacker in college.

"They all see a guy with a large frame that can get into the weight room and put on about 30-35 pounds and just be a monster outside linebacker," Teter said. "He'll just be a killer when he gets to 230-235."

Bryant, whose football season ended with a broken wrist late in the year, has helped lead his basketball team to a 14-0 mark and played in another win on Friday night before flying in to Fayetteville.

"Things are really going well for us right now with basketball," Bryant said. "I think we have a shot to win it all."

He certainly will have his football decision out of the way before then.

"I should know very soon," Bryant said. "I don't think I am going to have to think too much more about this decision."


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