PA LB James Bryant Focused on Winning Championship

GoBlueWolverine Magazine talked to Reading (PA) High School LB <b>James Bryant</b> Thursday evening. After introductions he said he was focused on winning a state title. He also had a visitor earlier in the day.

Coming off a tough 24-21 loss last Friday to Lancaster, (PA) McCaskey, Reading LB James Bryant(PSU Nike stats: 6-3 inches, 237 lbs., 4.62 in the 40, 4.14 in the shuttle, 30 inch vertical jump, 26 bench press reps. … 400+ lb. bench press, 2.7 GPA/1100 SAT) predicted a very different outcome when the two teams match-up again in their opening playoff game Friday night. "We have some different schemes for them this week and it will definitely be a shutout."

Bryant said he didn't have any top 10 or top five list of favorites.

Bryant's Reading team faced off against crosstown rival Wilson on October 24. Wilson just happens to be led by U-M commitment Chad Henne. Reading came out on top 44-2. Bryant had two sacks on Henne, breaking the star QB's helmet. Did they chat after the game? "No, we didn't get a chance to talk after the game," Bryant said. "But I called him the following day on his cell phone. We talked about high school ball and things like that. He really hasn't come across to me yet about where I want to go to school."

The big linebacker said he hadn't set up any official visits yet but he told TheInsiders recently that he was considering taking an unofficial visit to Maryland on December 5. He told GBW he was just concentrating on winning the State Championship. He did say he's been looking into different schools regarding his major, elementary education. "I've definitely been doing some research in the library," Bryant said. "There isn't any one school that stands out right now but I will be looking at each one closely to see which one fits my goal academically."

While Bryant doesn't have any visits planned in the near future, he did have a visitor on campus Thursday. "Coach Loeffler was just here today," he said. "We talked about my school work and what want he wants to do if I go to Michigan. We talked about how important it is that I graduate (from U-M) and not just come there to play football."

Clearly Bryant is a competitor. Not only did he have a predicition for Friday's game, he also put this challenge out for anyone now playing on his future team. "I'm not worried about depth charts," he said. "Wherever I go there will someone missing a spot."

Reading finished the regular season 9-1.

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