Huskers look good to JC LB

The Huskers are finding out now that they are not only thin this year for depth at the linebacker position, but considering Nebraska will lose their top four linebackers to graduation emphasizes it even more. Nebraska has one junior college linebacker committed in Shaun Mohler, but he has since opened things up a bit. There is another junior college linebacker that has Nebraska's attention.

Nebraska went to Garden City (Kans.) last year and grabbed two defensive lineman in Shukree Barfield and Kevin Dixon. This year, Nebraska is after 6-foot-3 and 228-pound linebacker J.R. Bryant.

Bryant says that the season has been going well, but is still third in the conference. A loss early on in the season, plus another last weekend, have the Broncos sitting at 7-2.

"Things are going pretty good," Bryant said. "We have lost to Butler and Fort Scott. I don't know what my personal stats are though."

Bryant has been having a great year for Garden City. The opposing quarterbacks had better find him on the field and he might be lined up at any of the linebacker positions.

"I really play all three positions. I have great speed, I am very coachable and can make big plays from the linebacker position. I am also a big hitter."

In defeat, Bryant stood out on defense and was named the player of the week. He ended the day with eight solo tackles, a tackle for loss that was for nine yards and also had a fumble recovery.

There is little doubt considering Bryant's season why so many of the top programs in the nation are recruiting him. Off of the top of his head, he could list his current favorites.

"I have offers from Oklahoma, Nebraska, West Virginia and Ole Miss. You could say that those four teams are my favorites right now."

Bryant is looking for some key things in choosing a four year school. "I am looking for a high graduation rate of their athletes, a good education, early playing time and a good program."

Out of high school, Jessup (Ga.) Wayne County High School, Bryant was a non-qualifier and did not commit to any school due to his academic status.

Things are different now and Bryant is destined to see the playing field and the classroom beyond Garden City. He has a couple of official visits set up with a couple left to schedule.

"I have a visit set up for Ole Miss for December 2 and West Virginia for December 8. I also want to take visits to Oklahoma and Nebraska, but I haven't set up those official visits yet."

The coach that is recruiting Bryant for Nebraska is offensive coordinator, Shawn Watson. "He's a real cool guy. He has been telling me that he could see me playing there and that I could play early."

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