Visit Moves UNC up Bryant's List

Christian Bryant headed into this weekend's official visit to North Carolina favoring Ohio State. His experiences on the visit have altered those feelings.

"[UNC] threw a wrench in it," Bryant said. "I went in with an open mind, but I didn't expect everything that they brought to the table."

Prior to the visit, Bryant, a 5-foot-10, 173-pound cornerback from Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville, ordered his favorites with Ohio State first, Michigan State second, and UNC third.

"Right now, it's mixed up," Bryant said. "At first is North Carolina and Ohio State. North Carolina and Ohio State are about 50-50, right now."

Bryant, who has also officially visited Michigan State and Ohio State, says "everything" he experienced during his UNC visit contributed to the Tar Heels' rise.

"I loved the environment, the whole campus, the coaching staff, the players," Bryant said. "I didn't see one negative."

Bryant still aims to make a verbal commitment on Jan. 26.

This coming weekend, Bryant may take one last official visit. Illinois, Miami, and West Virginia are the schools under consideration.

"I'm going to go back home and collaborate with my parents and see if I'm going to take any more official visits," Bryant said. "As of right now, I really don't know."

On Friday afternoon, Bryant arrived in Chapel Hill, with his mother, for his UNC official visit.

"[During the visit] I ate a whole bunch," Bryant said with a laugh. "I had a campus tour – got to see the freshmen dorms for next year. I went to the basketball game – it was a great game, the fans were going crazy the whole game. I met with all of the coaches. I got to see what the campus life is like."

Charles Brown, a fellow cornerback and Ohio native, was Bryant's player host during his stay.

"It was fun, because I knew him prior to the visit," Bryant said. "We knew each other for a long time. We played little league football together.

"It was good just hearing the stuff he had to say about the university and the team overall. He said some pretty positive things."

Hearing positive things from a friend had a major impact on Bryant.

"He's going to tell me the real story," Bryant said. "If I would have had another host, I wouldn't have known if he was going to be keeping it real or not."

On Sunday morning, Bryant had "a good long conversation" with Butch Davis in his office.

"He actually asked me what were some of the things that I liked coming out of this visit," Bryant said. "I told him I liked the campus and the football team, how it's a family.

"And I asked him where does he see himself – does he expect to finish his career here. He said ‘Yes.'"

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