'07 Focus: Curtis Bryant

Defensive tackle seems to be a point of emphasis in every recruiting class in it will be no different for the class of 2007. Although he's been under the radar, defensive tackle Curtis Bryant from Miami, Fla has emerged as a major target for the Wolfpack. We've got the lowdown on where State stands with this rising senior.

While the lion's share of NC State's early recruiting efforts have seemingly been focused on in-state talent, the Wolfpack has not ignored their stomping grounds in Florida. The latest Sunshine State standout to surface on the Pack's radar is DT Curtis Bryant from South Miami (Fla) High School.

At 6-2, 270 pounds, 5.0-second speed in the 40 and a bench press of 355 pounds, Bryant has been a leader on both sides of the line for South Miami. He doubles as an offensive guard and defensive tackle. However, it's defense where most schools project the rising senior. This summer he's been busy preparing for a future move to division one football and his senior season.

"I'll be playing both ways again this year," said Bryant. "I've really been working on staying low and improving my speed this summer."

So far Bryant has earned offers from South Florida and NC State with interest coming from Memphis, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Kentucky, Alabama and Florida. He will be in Raleigh on Monday for a one-day camp with the Wolfpack and State made his early top five list.

"Right now, I like NC State, Florida, Alabama, Miami and South Florida," he said. "I would say they're all even right now."

Bryant talked further about his interest in NC State.

"Well, I'll be there on Monday," he said. "I really like how they play as a team. They always seem to play together and not just as individuals. I was looking at the stats of how they're defensive linemen have improved from their freshman seasons and you can see how they got better. That tells you the coaches know what they're doing.

"Coach Stroud is recruiting me, and he seems like a really good coach. He's coaching the defensive line, and he knows what he's doing."

Another team that has stood out for Bryant is South Florida and he likes the way they have improved over the years.

"I like the way they are coming up," he said. "They're progressing and really starting to beat some better teams and I like that."

Bryant doesn't have a timetable for a decision so it seems likely he will at least make a couple visits before settling on a future school. He has camps planned with USF and Rutgers later this summer.

Bryant plans to major in business.


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