Bryant Leaving UM

James Bryant was one of the most hyped up recruits in the entire country a few years back. When he signed with the University of Miami, big things were expected. They didn't happen. What went wrong?

James Bryant was a U.S. Army All-American following an outstanding senior season at Reading High in Pennsylvania. At 6-foot-3 and 245 pounds, he had a chance to go anywhere in the country.

On National Signing Day, Bryant picked the Hurricanes over Ohio State, Florida, and Pittsburgh. Big things were expected of Bryant.

He earned playing time as a true freshman in 2004 -- primarily on special teams. He was known for his big hits and the ability to get downfield in a hurry for such a big man.

He played fullback in 2005 after struggling to pick up the UM defense early in his career. He backed up Quadtrine Hill and saw playing time in every game that season.

Bryant continued getting very limited playing time in 2006 and after an up-and-down spring practice, he's decided to finish his career at another school.

Bryant has not used a redshirt season so he'll be able to transfer to another Division 1A school.

Some players just never feel comfortable. There can be a thousand reasons why a high profile recruit doesn't end up making an impact at the college level. For Bryant, it just never happened on the field the way he wanted it to.

Despite playing fullback at Miami, Bryant will likely try finishing his college career as a linebacker -- a position he always seemed to prefer.

Bryant's departure leaves only one scholarship fullback at Miami -- sophomore Jerrell Mabry, who is coming off an excellent spring.


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