Bryant Strongly Considering Maryland

2011 tight end prospect Darien Bryant is "leaning towards" the Terps.

When Pickerington High School North’s senior tight end Darien Bryant showcased his ability at the Maryland campus this past April, the Terrapin coaches jumped on the opportunity to offer him a scholarship.

The highly touted 2011 prospect has received offers from Maryland, Duke, Marshall, Air Force, Ohio University, Miami of Ohio, Toledo, Kent State and Youngstown State. Although the tight end has received this long list of offers, Maryland’s offer has grabbed his attention. “Out of the scholarships I have received, University of Maryland is definitely one of the schools I am leaning towards,” Bryant explained. “Maryland and Duke are my top two choices right now.”

The ACC rivals have really jumped out at Bryant for a number of reasons. The tight end explained that, “Maryland and Duke just have a higher level of competition compared to the other schools that have given me offers.” Bryant has also been attracted to the future that the two universities present to him, “There is a life after football; and I definitely have to take that into consideration,” Bryant added.

Bryant has visited the College Park campus a number of times throughout his lifetime. Over the past two years, he has been on two unofficial visits; including attending the game against Florida State this past season. “I really like the campus. I can definitely see myself living there,” Bryant stated about the Maryland campus.

A factor the Bryant is not overlooking is how he will fit into an offense. “I want to be in a system in which I can flourish,” said Bryant. The tight end feels that the Terrapin offense might be the that place, “The like to check down to the tight end a lot; so I will have a lot of opportunities to get my hands on the ball,” explained Bryant.

At 6-foot-4, 215-pounds, Bryant models his game after NFL star tight end Dallas Clark’s. “I love the way he is able to be versatile at such a high level on the field,” said Bryant.

Bryant cited his versatility as his best asset; he plans to play multiple positions, including tight end, outside linebacker, and running back, in the upcoming season. Boasting a 4.53-second 40-yard dash, Bryant plans to display his rare size-speed combination all over the field.

After this season, the tight end will continue to try to improve before his first season at the collegiate level. “I want to continue working,” said Bryant. “I am just trying to stay humble and become a better player.”

Before making a decision, Bryant plans on visiting University of Maryland and Duke University sometime after the football season.

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