Recruiting Update - James Bryant

Reading (PA) LB James Bryant is one of several Pennsylvania prospects to consider OSU this year. In a strong year for talent in that state, Bryant is one of the very best.

James Bryant is a big LB from Reading Senior High School in Pennsylvania whose most distinctive quality, besides his dominance on the football field, is his confidence. After speaking with James, it is apparent that he knows he is a great player and that he is ready for any challenge that he faces.

Measuring 6'3" and weighing in at 240 pounds, Bryant is very physical, aggressive, fast (4.5 forty), and quick on his feet. "I have a lot of finesse with my game along with a lot of power," explains Bryant, "and I just like to get after the ball. I am like a combination of Ray Lewis and Derrick Brooks. I have Lewis' aggressiveness and Brooks' speed, quickness, and finesse."

Bryant already possesses an impressive list of offers including Virginia, West Virginia, Michigan, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Boston College, LSU, Iowa, Rutgers, UNC, and Ohio State. He says he does not have any favorite programs as of right now, but Ohio State and Pittsburgh are in his top 5.

Playing both inside and outside LB last season, Bryant registered 132 tackles, 8 sacks, 10 forced fumbles, 5 fumble recoveries, and 3 interceptions. "I will definitely be a linebacker in college," he said. "I can play inside or outside. It just doesn't matter. It all depends on who we are playing and what we have to do to win the game."

Bryant acknowledges that he needs to lower his forty time and get off blocks faster to be a good college player. However, don't let these minor limitations fool you; Bryant still knows he is a great player. He explains, "Being a better player than the people before me is what motivates me."

Bryant has a competitive nature and love to hit that is almost unmatched. He recalls, "I can go back to my freshman year against Southwestern. I started in our first district game in about 100 years. I was running downfield and I clobbered one dude and it was the first time I ever put someone out of a game. That was a proud moment."

Known as "Beast", Man-child", and "Monster" on the field, there is another side to Bryant off the field. "I like to tutor at the Boys and Girls Club. I enjoy spending time with the kids."

Bryant plans on continuing his work with children beyond college. "I am going to major in elementary education because the only way the world is going to get better is if we go through the little kids so they can make it better," says Bryant, "I have the opportunity to get my education and to become real good role model as a an elementary school teacher."

If you have heard the name "Bryant" before among Pennsylvania's elite football players it is because James' brother Sam plays safety for Pittsburgh. Sam is James' main influence when it comes to football. "Sam was one of the best players in Pennsylvania in high school. He played in the Big 33 game and was ranked 82nd in the country. The competitiveness between us is what has influenced me to do what I have to do to get to the next level."

James also plays center and forward for the Reading basketball team and throws the shot put for the track team.


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