After not trekking anywhere for unofficial visits or traveling the long and grueling camp circuits, Derrick Bryant's name has fallen off somewhat when it comes to recruiting. That, though, is about to change.
"I haven't really been doing a whole lot this summer," said Bryant. "I've been putting 100 percent of my focus on the upcoming season. That's just been my summer really. I really want to get close to making my decision though. I just emailed all the coaches and told them how it was and to talk to my dad. He's been through it, so he knows what to look for and how to talk to coaches. He'll see what's going on, and we'll get together about the conversations and such."
While Bryant is now on track to make a decision soon, almost every school that was in the loop for him at the beginning of his recruitment still sits in very solid shape and stands a good chance of landing the Columbus, Ohio native.
"Not really," replied Bryant when asked if he's narrowed things down to a top group of schools. "I'm not sure because I haven't paid too much attention this summer, and I've just focused on my senior season. I told all the coaches my situation. I want to just get all this recruiting out the way so I can focus on high school."
One of the schools that still looming large for Bryant, is the most hated school in his neighborhood, the Michigan Wolverines. Even though he hails from Columbus, he's stated on previous occasions that the Maize & Blue were his team growing up. They still are strong in the race to land Scout.com's no. 53 defensive end.
"I still really like Michigan and everything," Bryant reported. "I'm just attacking this recruiting thing not as a fan, but as a person who is going to go to that school for several years. I still really like Michigan, but I do want to hear what every coach has to say, and what it'll be like when I get there."
Recruiting won't have to wait too much longer to know where Bryant will be spending the next four years of his life. He is officially on the clock, as he wants to get a commitment cemented before his senior season starts.
"I would like to get it done before my senior year. I just want it off my back, and I can worry about finishing my year well athletically and academically, so I can get ready for whichever school I'm going to."