Bryson Adding Offers

North Carolina was the first school to offer Jeremiah Bryson a scholarship in September. Since then, the Tar Heels have been joined by five other offers.

"It's still my first offer, so I have to keep them in mind," Bryson said of UNC. "When you get other offers, you have to look into them and see how everything is with that, too. But North Carolina is still a good school [and] still on my mind. But now I have choices so I have to look around and see which school fits me."

In addition to UNC, Bryson, a 5-foot-8, 175-pound tailback from Smyrna (Tenn.), has collected scholarship offers from Illinois, Maryland, Memphis, Middle Tennessee State, and Ohio.

"I don't really have a top favorite right now," Bryson said.

However, Bryson does have a top three – Illinois, Maryland, and UNC.

"North Carolina, when I visited that really got me," Bryson said. "It's so beautiful down there.

"Maryland, I've been talking to the coaches a lot. I've been talking to Coach [Jim] Donavan, the running back coach, and Coach [Ryan] Steinberg. All the coaches seem down to earth and really interested in me.

"I also have a very good relationship with Coach [DeAndre] Smith, the running back coach at Illinois."

Bryson also likes Vanderbilt. But he won't include the Commodores among his favorites unless they offer.

"It's a good school with a good education and you're always looking for that," Bryson said. "It's very close to home – it's a 30-45-minute drive from home."

Bryson attended football games at Auburn, UNC, and Vanderbilt last fall.

Bryson won't visit any schools this spring, but plans to take summer trips to Illinois, Maryland, and UNC. He may also camp at Tennessee.

Bryson is aiming to make a verbal commitment before his senior year.

"We have a good team coming back this year," Bryson said. "I want to [commit] and not have to worry about it during the season so I can focus on my team."

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