The Maryland staff continued its offer barrage Jan. 6 with Georgia-area recruiter Walt Bell mining his old stomping grounds. One of Bell’s verbals went out to a tight end who has thus far flown under the recruiting radar.
“It feels great to get my first offer, like all my hard work is paying off,” said Malaek Bryan (Mays/Atlanta, Ga.), a 6-foot-6, 215-pounder who runs a 4.8-second 40-yard dash. “Coach Bell contacted me through Twitter and Coach [Pete] Lembo, the tight ends coach, did too. I’ve been communicating with them through DM [direct message], and I’m going to be calling them. Coach Bell just told me I had the offer from Maryland, I haven’t really talked to him in depth yet. But he told me to keep in touch, and I plan to do that.”
Bryant admitted he didn’t know a lot about the Terps, but he has watched their games and is familiar with the Big Ten conference.
“I know they run a spread offense and they pass the ball a good amount. So that’s good. I’d like to play in a spread since that’s what I do in high school,” Bryant said. “And I know Sean Nelson, who is going there next year. I’ve never really talked to him about the school, though. And I know Vernon Davis went there, which is pretty cool. He was a great athlete an a great tight end. But beyond that I’m still learning about Maryland. I’m trying to get up there for a visit. I’m setting that all up with the coaches.”
Bryant said he’d probably be taking in College Park, Md., sometime this winter. He said the Terps will always be a school he considers since they were the first to offer him a scholarship.
Beyond UMD, Bryant has heard from coaches from Georgia Tech, Va Tech, Coastal Carolina and Georgia State. The only school he’s seen so far, however, is Georgia.
“The Georgia coaches invited me to a game against Georgia Tech. It was nice. It was a good game and I enjoyed myself,” Bryant said. “But I grew up watching Ole Miss and Mississippi State. I’d like to hear from them, because that’s where I’m from – Mississippi.”
Not that Bryant has any dream offers. He insisted he’s open to any and all comers.
“It’s a blessing to have any offers. I just want to go to school,” Bryant said. “I want to go to a place with a nice environment and also a school that has good academics. My education comes first.”
Bryant is coming off a season where he recorded 26 catches for over 400 yards and five touchdowns. He said he plays in a wide-open spread offense that rotates through eight different receivers, so touches are hard to come by.
“But it’s a good system and I like the offense and I like how we pass the ball,” Bryant said. “It would be nice to play in a system like that [in college].”