Spotlight: Curtis Bryant

MIAMI, FL -- Chuck Amato has an eye for talent, and it often leads him down into south Florida where he has had a lot of success recruiting underrated players.

The latest commitment to North Carolina State from Miami-Dade County, a hotbed for football talent that has seen the likes of Stephen Tulloch, Miguel Scott, Avery Vogt, Javon Walker, Andre Maddox and Marcus Hudson, is South Miami (FL) lineman Curtis Bryant.

Bryant is a 6-foot-3, 275 pound offensive guard/defensive tackle who is the leader of the South Miami football team that is currently 4-3 through the team's first seven games.

Although he knows of the up and down that the Wolfpack have gone through this year, Bryant loved his unofficial visit to Raleigh and is quite excited about the opportunity to play for Chuck Amato and his coaching staff.

"I think the fact that when I went up there I saw how the team was together and how they worked out hard and how hard they were working," Bryant said. "I want to be on a team that works to get what they want."

Bryant was also being recruited by South Florida, Memphis and Central Florida, but he won't be taking any visits as he's set on NC State by simply taking an unofficial visit while competing in a football camp.

"The visit was an unofficial visit for a camp," Bryant said. "I went up there two days for camp and that's how I got to see everything."

His man point of contact during his recruitment was defensive line coach Todd Stroud who Bryant took a great liking to.

"He was the first coach that got in contact with me," Bryant said of Stroud. "I think he's a good coach, he's a good motivator for what I've seen when I watched them practice."

At the present time though, Bryant is having a very good senior year for South Miami High School. They are right in the middle of the district race trying to make the playoffs with three games left in the season.

"Right now I think if we keep working to our potential, I don't think anyone can beat us," Bryant said. "I think we have a few games ahead of us that if we put our full potential to it, we'll win."

But soon after his high school career ends, he'll be looking forward to joining a squad that is loaded with quality young talent and appears to be headed in the right direction, despite early season losses to Akron and Southern Miss.

Those games didn't bother Bryant.

"The Akron game I really didn't see. The Southern Miss game, I didn't worry too much cause I knew how hard they worked," Bryant said. "Then to see them beat FSU and Boston College, two ranked teams, put more confidence in me."

From what he knows at the present, Bryant said he's being recruited as a defensive tackle, but he also plays guard and doesn't really care what position he would play.

"They are recruiting me as a defensive tackle, but I play guard too. So for me it's just the same. There's no difference for me," Bryant said.

However, Bryant's high school coach Eric Washington said that he feels Bryant will more than likely end up being a guard on the next level because he feels he's a better guard and has tremendous feet.

"Curtis is a very aggressive player so he does really well," Washington said. "He's got great feet for a lineman. He's our pulling guard. I think he'll get bigger, stronger and do well on that level.

"He's thirsty for knowledge, asks good questions, good football questions. He's ready."

One thing Bryant doesn't have is the frame of a fat sloppy lineman. He's well put together, so there doesn't seem to be much room left for added weight on his body.

"I think he'll put on more muscle which will add 15-20 pounds to him, so he'll be around 290-300 when he's done gaining weight," Washington said.

And he's more than likely going to be a full qualifier.

"Right now, I am waiting for my SAT score. I should be qualified. Right now my GPA is 2.4, but I am taking three classes, so by the end it should be 2.8."


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