2010 Intro: Major Bryant

GREENSBORO, N.C. --- Since Steven Davis took over as head coach, Dudley High's trademark has been its stellar defense. The keystone of that defense for its back-to-back NCHSAA 3AA State Title teams has been Major Bryant.

"First thing, [Bryant brings] a lot of experience," Dudley head football coach Steven Davis said. "He's definitely a leader and just a hard-nosed football player – and I think the guys follow his lead."

In the past two seasons – both ending in state championships – Dudley's defense has allowed an average of just over a touchdown against, while shutting out eight opponents. After going 13-3 in 2007, the Panthers went undefeated last season, including a victory over football powerhouse Richmond High, which won the NCHSAA 4AA Title.

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Bryant, a 6-foot, 215-pound linebacker, has started for Dudley since his sophomore season. He ended his junior season with 84 tackles, including 12.5 for a loss and 6.5 sacks, eight QB hurries, and two interceptions.

"Basically, I'm the quarterback of the defense," Bryant said. "I make sure everybody is in place, everybody doing what they're supposed to do."

In addition to lining up at all three linebacker positions in Dudley's 4-3 scheme, Bryant will play defensive end on occasions.

"We try to use his athletic ability and ability to make plays on the field all over and as much as possible," Davis said.

Bryant is mostly being recruited to play middle linebacker. However, Davis believes he could play either inside or outside on the collegiate level.

"I think if he put on 15 more pounds, he'd definitely be a good inside linebacker, because he can go side-to-side," Davis said. "And I think he could play outside, because he's fast enough to play that, as well."

Bryant is fielding the most interest from Clemson, East Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina, NC State, and Tennessee.

"He doesn't have that offer yet, like [teammate] Dave [Amerson] does, but of course that's because of his size," Davis said. "People are scared of his size, but if you're looking for a real good football player, you definitely better get him."

A couple of in-state schools, though, appear on the verge of extending Bryant a scholarship offer.

"I've got to send another highlight to [North] Carolina – that's the main one right now," Davis said. "Carolina is looking at him, as well as East Carolina…

"We're just trying to wait and see… He has film – that's not a problem. If Major was 6-2, I think he'd be a no-brainer."

Everett Withers recruits the Greensboro area for UNC.

"[Withers] said he likes [Bryant's] athletic ability, but he wants to see more of him on tape and of course he's going to follow him throughout the year," Davis said.

Most schools want to see Bryant at their respective camps. He is considering camping at Alabama, East Carolina, Clemson, UNC, and Wake Forest this summer.

A couple of months ago, Bryant attended junior days at Clemson and NC State.

"From the looks of Clemson, they've turned into one of my favorites after that visit," Bryant said. "I like the atmosphere of the college and the people.

"I put NC State in the same boat as Clemson – I like them. I like the way they treat players, the facilities, and the players made me feel like they really wanted to come to the school and they wanted me to be a part of their football program."

Bryant says he also likes Alabama, Duke, East Carolina, UNC, and UCLA.

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