Charlotte (NC) Vance linebacker Larenz Bryant is one of the best players in the state and almost a shoo-in for a spot in North Carolina's top 10 when the rankings for the class of 2013 are released later this year.
At 6-2, 210 pounds, Bryan is a load and his combination of speed and athleticism helped him land all-state honors after tallying 144 tackles in 2011. Amazingly, he also accounted for 1,300 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns.
With that kind of production on his resume, there's been no let up during the off season as Bryant ripped off 4.43 and 4.52-second 40-yard dashes at the Shrine Bowl Combine held at West Montgomery High School on Saturday. He also added a 4.64-second shuttle and solid 34.4-inch vertical jump.
On the recruiting side, Bryant has landed scholarship offers from coast to coast. He gave Pack Pride the latest on that he's been up to and what he's looking for in a future college.
"I've got about 19 offers now. The latest one was Texas A&M. Right now I'm just going to spring practices and try to enjoy everything.
"I'm pretty much looking for the school where I feel comfortable or the school that fits me. I can stay in-state or go out-of-state, it really doesn't matter to me."
One school that got an early jump on Bryant's recruiting was NC State. He talked about the Pack and what stood out about his trip to Raleigh earlier this year.
"It was a good experience," he said. "I liked coach O'Brien. He was very nice and very cool. I like my recruiting coach, coach Bridge. He was there and then came by my school the next day.
"A couple of the players were very, very well-spoken, well-mannered guys. They're losing a lot of linebackers so they said they were needing some. My recruiting class is the one where they're really needing the linebackers."
Bryant said he hopes to visit several schools over the coming weeks but considers himself wide open currently. He is rated a four-star prospect and the No. 9 OLB in the nation by Scout.com.
Pack Still After Bryant
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