2013 Target: Larenz Bryant

CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- Throughout much of his recruitment, Larenz Bryant hadn't heard much from North Carolina's coaching staff. Larry Fedora assured the 6-foot-2, 205-pound junior linebacker from Vance that that was about to change.

Scouting Report

"Obviously, [college coaches] see his ability – if he didn't have ability, people wouldn't come around," Vance defensive coordinator Sam Greiner said. "But that's not what makes him special. In my opinion, he's a special human being. He's a man of great character… He's the type of person that looks at adversity and likes that challenge… This guy does it all [for us], so you don't get to see his full potential at a position and he's still better than all the rest… [Defensively], there have been situations where we're on the two-yard line, our backs are against the wall, and ‘boom' he submarines over the line and makes a big play. He has great eyes and reads offenses really well and he has great closing speed."

Prep Career

In spite of its 4A classification, Vance's entire football team has relied heavily on Bryant the past two seasons.

"He doesn't come off the field – he plays offense, defense, [and] special teams," Greiner said. "He is the source of what we do offensively [and] defensively. He could probably kick field goals if we needed him to. He's one of those guys that wants to be on the field. "

During Bryant's sophomore season, Vance switched to a 3-4 zone blitz defense and lined Bryant up at one of the two inside linebacker positions.

"In that scheme, you have to have two inside linebackers that have great eyes and instincts to get to the right spot," Griener said. "We had that [during Bryant's sophomore year], but what we ran into this year, we only had one of those – Larenz… What we ended up doing was just covering bodies and having him stand seven yards [off the line-of-scrimmage], instead of the natural five yards… We ended up designing our whole defense around him."

After a solid sophomore campaign (56 tackles, 16 tackles for a loss, three pass breakups, and two interceptions), Bryant was named Associated Press All-State as a junior tallying 144 tackles.

Despite his responsibilities on defense, Bryant has also rushed for over 1,300 yards and at least 16 touchdowns on offense in each of his past two seasons, including 1,497 yards and 22 scores as a sophomore.

"On offense, he is the workhorse," Greiner said. "He'll carry the ball 30 times a game."


Nearly a dozen schools have offered Bryant, including Clemson, Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, North Carolina, NC State, South Carolina, and Virginia. UNC reaffirmed its scholarship offer on Wednesday during a phone conversation with Larry Fedora.

"[Fedora] was just making sure I knew that I still had an offer and they plan to recruit me hard," Bryant said.

Bryant is primarily being recruited for linebacker.

"He could be a Von Miller type with his length, size, and explosion," Greiner said. "… He could rush off the edge, but his best thing is using his eyes [to read offense]. On the next level, he has the speed to play outside and cover people, but his eyes are so good that he's able to see the flow of the game."

In recent weeks, Bryant has attended junior days at Clemson and NC State. He's looking to make visits to Alabama, Georgia, UNC, Oregon, and Virginia in the spring and summer.

Bryant doesn't claim any favorite schools.

"Everybody is pretty much on the same line," Bryant said. "I'm just looking at each school the same. I'm looking to narrowing down my schools by the end of February. That way, I can just focus on those schools."

Extra Notes

Bryant plans to major in communications… He is originally from Charleston, S.C.

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