More Trips for Bryant

Darien Bryant's next official visit will be to North Carolina on Nov. 20. "I want to see how it compares to Nebraska," Bryant said. "Now that I know what a visit is like I can compare them better. But I've been there before and I really like the campus and atmosphere," he said about Chapel Hill. Bryant will also be taking an official visit to Hawaii on Dec. 4. "It's a beautiful place..."

Darien Bryant, the 6-foot-4, 205-pound three-star tight end/defensive end from Pickerington North High School in Pickerington, Ohio, took his first official visit last weekend on Oct. 29 to Nebraska.

"It was great," Bryant said about his trip to Lincoln. "I liked being able to experience everything firsthand. I didn't know a lot about them before the trip."

He says that the game day atmosphere was one of the things that stood out about the Huskers. "The fans were unbelievable and the entire student section was packed," he said. "They all got there hours before the game and they are very dedicated."

Bryant says another highlight of his official visit was the food. "We ate a lot of good food," he said. "We went to this place called ‘Misty's' and I had prime rib. It was the best."

He says the Huskers are recruiting him the hardest.

"They are highly-ranked and I like how they use two tight ends during the game," he said about Nebraska. "They have a lot of firepower on that team."

Bryant's next official visit will be to North Carolina on Nov. 20. "I want to see how it compares to Nebraska," he said. "Now that I know what a visit is like I can compare them better.

"But I've been there before and I really like the campus and atmosphere," he said about Chapel Hill.

Bryant, ranked as the No. 55 tight end in the country by Scout.com, still denies a leader but favors Nebraska, Hawaii, North Carolina, West Virginia and Maryland. All of his favorites have offered as well as Purdue, Duke, Marshall, Air Force and Kansas, among others.

He will be taking an official visit to Hawaii on Dec. 4. "It's a beautiful place," he said. "I don't know anyone who wouldn't want to live in Hawaii."

The Warriors are recruiting him as a defensive end.

West Virginia is also recruiting Bryant for defense. "I was born in West Virginia," he said. "The hospital where I was born in Morgantown actually shares a parking lot with the stadium."

He says he grew up following the Mountaineers despite only living there a couple of years. "I still have a lot of family there," he said.

In fact, Bryant attended the West Virginia/Syracuse game on Oct. 23.

Bryant plans to make a decision in December as he plans to graduate in January and enroll in college early.

"I want to be around people who really love football and for football to be a big part of their lives like it is mine," he said.

Pickerington North finished their season with a 6-4 record. Bryant had 18 catches for 248 yards and one touchdown. He also had one interception and one fumble caused.

"I'm versatile and can play a lot of different positions," he said. "I've played some slot receiver and wingback this season and even played a game at fullback. I'm very aggressive and play hard."

He says he can bench 285-pounds and has a 31-inch vertical jump.

"I want to improve my fundamentals," he said. "This was my first year playing defensive end, so I have a lot to learn."

Bryant plans to major in psychology and reports a 2.5 core GPA and a 21 ACT.


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