Recruiting Updates - James Bryant, Dante Cloud

James Bryant, the excellent LB/FB prospect from PA, saw his season come to an end recently and is now going to focus on recruiting. The Buckeyes are one of the teams in the mix. Also, you may be familiar with some of the big-name Glenville stars like Ted Ginn and Jamario O'Neal, but Duane Long says to keep an eye on DB Dante Cloud as well.

James Bryant, an exceptionally talented prospect from Reading, PA, has seen his season come to an end and is getting ready to get into the recruiting process. The 6-3 LB/FB (he says "I'm 245-250 right now") had been focusing on the season and not recruiting, but now, he is ready to shift that focus.

"I have not set up my visits yet, but I'm getting ready to," he said.

Bryant had another excellent season on both sides of the ball.

"I was 16 yards short of 1,000 (yards rushing) last year and 30 yards short of 1,000 this year," he said.

"We got knocked out in the district," he said. "I had 22 tackles in that game. I had 182 tackles on the year and 132 tackles as a junior."

Bryant's numbers in the weight room might be even more impressive.

"I'm bench-pressing 475 and squatting 700," he said.

When it comes to recruiting, he's still unsure about who stands out and when a decision will be made.

"I'm not sure when I will commit," James said. "I'm going to be setting up my visits in the next three or four weeks."

I have confirmed that he will visit Ohio State, but the date is not set yet. Where do the Buckeyes want him to play?

"Ohio State wants me on both sides of the ball," he said. "I would rather be in the game than sitting on the sidelines so I'd like to play both ways."

James is looking at area schools and is also interested in some southern schools.

"I'm not looking west, but I am looking down south," he said.

James also strongly denied talk that he is a Pittsburgh lean.

"No, that's not true. Not true at all," he said.

What's he looking for in a school?

"I'm looking for a school who will help me get to the NFL."

I recently got a 2003 Glenville highlight tape. I had forgotten what number Freddie Lenix -- Glenville's super junior linebacker -- was. As I was watching the tape, I assumed the player I was looking at was Freddie Lenix. Until I looked at the roster, I didn't know that I was looking at Dante Cloud, not Freddie Lenix. Dante Cloud is that good.

Injuries have limited him the last two years and being in the same secondary with Donte Whitner, Dareus Hiley and Ted Ginn. This is a Big Ten caliber defensive back.

Dante Cloud stands at 6-0, 200 and runs a 4.3 40. He had a broken arm as a junior and a broken leg as a sophomore.

"That's why I didn't play a lot," he said.

This year, Cloud was back into the thick of things.

"I got four interceptions this year playing linebacker and safety," he said. "I feel more comfortable at safety."

Cloud, who like many Glenville players also runs track, gave an academic update as well.

"I got a 2.7 GPA and I'm retaking the SAT in December," he said. "I run track - 4x1, 4x2, 4x4."

And, like many Glenville players, Cloud loves the Buckeyes.

"I went to the Indiana game on Saturday because they had offered," he said. "But really I would like Ohio State."

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