UNC Offers Ohio Athlete

Darien Bryant was offered a scholarship offer by North Carolina on Monday night.

"I received a call from [Allen Mogridge] last night and then he told me the good news," Bryant said. "I'd been in pretty good contact with Coach ‘Mo' and he had watched my film. But he needed Coach [Butch] Davis to get a chance to watch it. And Coach Davis had a chance to sit down and watch it, and said he liked what he saw."

UNC is recruiting Bryant, a 6-foot-4, 215-pounder, as an athlete, with the possibility of playing either tight end or defensive end.

Thirteen other schools have also offered Bryant, including Duke, Kansas, Maryland, Nebraska, Virginia, and West Virginia. Most schools are recruiting him as a tight end, but he is also getting looks as a defensive end and athlete.

At Pickerington (Ohio) North, Bryant starts at both tight end and defensive end.

"I haven't developed a [position] preference, yet," Bryant said. "I'm just enjoying the season and being able to play both and having the extra time on the field."

Mogridge first began recruiting Bryant during the summer. On his way to Myrtle Beach, Bryant visited Duke, UNC, NC State, and Wake Forest. While in Chapel Hill, he worked out at tight end during a session of the Tar Heels' camp.

"[Mogridge] is a great coach," Bryant said. "He actually reminds me of the position coach that I have now at my high school. I really do well with that style of coaching."

The past couple of weeks, Mogridge's contact with Bryant increased culminating in the offer.

Prior to the UNC offer, Bryant listed Duke, Kansas, Maryland, and Nebraska as his favorite schools. The offer immediately pushes the Tar Heels onto that list.

"I've very interested in what I saw when I came [to UNC] in the summer," Bryant said of his UNC camp visit. "And one of my good friends, Landon Turner, has already committed there.

"[Turner] was one of the first people I contacted when I found out about [the UNC offer]."

Bryant is originally from West Virginia. His mother went to school with Turner's mother.

"I don't want [Turner's commitment] to affect my decision completely," Bryant said. "I have to make the decision that's best for me and is going to help me best in life. It would be really nice – if I were to go there – if I end up playing tight end to play side-by-side [with Turner] and be roommates."

This weekend, Bryant will take his first official visit – to Nebraska. The Cornhuskers host Missouri on Saturday.

Bryant, who plans to take all five of his official trips before making a verbal commitment, doesn't have any other visits scheduled. But, he plans to discuss setting an official trip to UNC with his mother.

"[Coach Mo] was talking about having me come up for the NC State game," Bryant said.

The official visits will play a major role in Bryant's decision.

"The community support [is important]," Bryant said. "With football being a big part of my life, I want to be around people where [football] is a big deal to them. And then also, football isn't everything, so I want to be at a place where I'm going to be happy, because it's going to be my home for the next four to five years."

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