"I just want to let you know that I have committed to NC State," Bryant told Pack Pride. "I've been thinking about them since the beginning. I wanted to get the okay from my coaches and family. That's where I'm going to go, and I'm sure about it."
Bryant reached his decision after consulting with his high school coach and parents. He sent a text message to Wolfpack assistant Todd Stroud and informed him of the good news, and later in the evening he spoke with Stroud and NC State head coach Chuck Amato.
"I texted coach Stroud that I wanted to commit," said Bryant. "I called him and talked with him and coach Amato. They sounded real happy. I'm going to set up my visit soon. They are sending all that information for me and my parents I think tomorrow.
"My parents really like the school. They thought it was a good school, and they told me it was a good choice for me. My coach said that I should commit to NC State. He said it was a really good school, and he knows coach Amato is a great coach. He knows it's a good team, and he said it would be a good fit for me up there."
NC State's interest in Bryant picked up in the spring when the Wolfpack assistant coaches were in Florida scouting talent. They attended his spring game and were impressed with Bryant's high-motor and intensity while playing right guard and defensive tackle for South Miami.
"They really started recruiting me after they saw me play in the spring," he said. "They offered me a scholarship back then. They were the first one to offer me.
"When I first got to talk to coach Stroud and coach Amato, they told me that I was really active, and they liked that. I move around a lot and try to make a lot of plays, and I'm always trying to hit somebody. They like the way I move around."
|"I liked the school a lot when I was up there."|
NC State offered Bryant early in the process and closed in on a commitment. The Wolfpack coaches were able to get him in Raleigh in July for the invite-only combine, and Bryant's experience solidified NC State's status as his leader.
"I liked the school a lot when I was up there," he said. "I liked the Murphy Center, and I liked how they ran that camp. I talked with a couple of the recruits that just came there, and they were all cool."
Checking in at 6-foot-3 and 275 pounds, Bryant ran a 5.0 at the Wolfpack's camp, and he worked exclusively at defensive tackle. However, he mainly plays right guard for his high school team, as he is regarded as one of the top linemen in Dade County, and a candidate to earn all-area and all-conference honors. South Miami is currently 1-1 and travel to Homestead High School this weekend for a huge game for both teams.
"We play Homestead next," said Bryant. "That's who we played in the spring. They do have two good receivers, but other than that, I don't see them as a team to worry about. I think we can take them."
He expects to play defensive tackle on the next level.
"State is recruiting me to play defensive tackle, but I play offensive line too. I like defensive tackle better."
Bryant chose the Wolfpack over offers from Memphis and South Florida. Kentucky, Ohio State, and Central Florida were also under consideration.
Bryant is the Wolfpack's 13th verbal commitment in the 2007 class, and the first player in the class to hail from the state of Florida. He currently projects as a full qualifier.