Louisville adds Miami transfer

Last February, Louisville landed a former U.S. Army All-American linebacker from Miami when Willie Williams transferred from Los Angeles C.C. Now, the Cardinals have picked up their second former high school All-American linebacker from Miami.

James Bryant, a former U.S. Army All-American, will transfer to Louisville from Miami. According to a source, Bryant arrived in Louisville Sunday and is expected to enroll at U of L for the fall semester.

Coming out of Reading (PA) High in 2003, Bryant was one of the top recruits in the nation, turning down Ohio State, Florida and Pittsburgh for the Hurricanes on National Signing Day.

Big things were expected from the 6-foot-3, 250-pound Bryant at Miami, but it didn't work out as planned in Coral Gables. Now, Bryant will sit out the 2007 season as a non-scholarship player at Louisville and will have one year to prove the hype for the Cardinals.

Bryant is the second former U.S. Army All-American linebacker to transfer from Miami to Louisville in recent years. Former Hurricane and Los Angeles C.C. standout Willie Williams transferred to Louisville this summer and is expected to make an immediate impact for the Cardinals defense this season.

Known as a big hitter on defense, Bryant earned playing time as a true freshman at Miami in 2004, playing mostly on special teams. Using his 4.5 speed in the forty, Bryant was known for getting down field in a hurry and making plays.

As a sophomore, Bryant was moved from defense to fullback after struggling to pick up Miami's defensive system. He saw limited time in 2005 on offense behind Quadtrine Hill and bounced back and worth as junior between offense and defense. After an up and down spring under new coach Randy Shannon, Byant sought his release from Miami.

Rated the No. 6 linebacker in the nation in high school by Scout.com, Bryant was considered one of the nation's Top 50 recruits after recording 182 tackles, 8 sacks and 4 interceptions as a senior.


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