Visit Sealed the Deal for Bryant

On the heels of a remarkable official visit to North Carolina, Kevin Bryant signed a National Letter of Intent with the Tar Heels three days later.

"Once I left the campus, I spoke with my family and we sat down and discussed [my recruitment]. I felt like [UNC] was the best place for me," said Bryant. "I liked the facilities and I enjoyed everything about it. From the practice field to the academics, it was great."

Bryant, a 6-foot-6 380-pound lineman from Lauderdale Lakes (Fla.) Anderson, kept his decision private until he announced his college destination during a National Signing Day press conference held at his high school.

Heading into his UNC official visit, Bryant, who had also taken an official trip to Mississippi, didn't expect to be signing with the Tar Heels days later.

"[My visit] played a big part," said Bryant. "I never thought that the experience would be like that. I never thought that North Carolina would be so impressive."

A major player in making Bryant's experience so memorable was host Andre Barbour, a fellow offensive lineman.

"We went out, he showed me the night lift and the social life and everything," said Bryant.

"When we got together, he explained to me how the college life was as far as adapting to it. He told me how the dorms were, how the workouts would be. It made me feel more comfortable about making the transition."

Before exiting Chapel Hill, Bryant spoke in depth with offensive line coach Sam Pittman. Pittman informed Bryant that he would like to plug him into one of the two guard positions along the Tar Heels offensive line, but made no mention of playing time or redshirting.

Bryant, who currently weighs in at 370 pounds, hopes to arrive in Chapel Hill at 340 pounds so as to be "more mobile and more agile."

For Anderson High School, Bryant played offensive tackle where he collected 56 pancake blocks and did not allow a single sack during his senior season.

A four-star prospect, Bryant is the 27th ranked offensive tackle in the nation by

Bryant said he's on pace to qualify as both his SAT score and core grade-point-average are in line for NCAA requirements.

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