Six years prior, the senior-to-be joined the community of Cleveland Glenville football players. Now a three-star cornerback prospect as ranked by Scout.com, Bryant was in sixth grade when he started to become an active member of the Tarblooders.
Back then, he would catch rides to practice from Ted Ginn Jr.
"All the years Ted went to school, Ted used to pick him up and bring him to practice," Glenville head coach Ted Ginn Sr. told BuckeyeSports.com. "It's not like he just showed up yesterday. He has that Glenville spirit, that Glenville heart so he knows it all. He's a true Tarblooder. He's been around longer than anybody."
In his tenure with the program, Bryant has risen through the ranks and now sits as the first Tarblooder in the class of 2010 to have been offered a scholarship from the Buckeyes. The 5-10, 170-pound athlete is listed by Scout as the No. 15 cornerback in the country, but his abilities have raised the question as to whether he will play safety or corner in college.
Bryant said the OSU coaches are undecided, but added that he personally prefers lining up at cornerback.
"I got a lot of experience last year, especially at the end of the season," he said. "I started playing corner a lot and started feeling comfortable at corner and liked it a lot."
However, his coach likened him to former Tarblooder Donte Whitner and projected a potentially different position in college.
"I think he can be a good corner, but I know he can be a good safety because he'll come down and hit you," Ginn said. "They (both) have that toughness coming down into the box and striking you. Some people hit and some people strike. He will strike you. When you've guy guys like that and you can put them in space and they can come down and hit like that, they're just like a linebacker."
Last season, Bryant played slot receiver, quarterback, safety and cornerback for the Tarblooders. Ginn described him as one of the best safeties in the country.
The offer from OSU was exciting but somewhat expected, he said.
"I kind of had a feeling it was coming, but when it finally came I was pretty excited about it," Bryant said. "(Cornerbacks) coach (Taver) Johnson called me and told me that they were offering me a scholarship and that (head) coach (Jim) Tressel had sent it in the mail on Monday."
Bryant said he has a good relationship with Johnson, saying they talk every few weeks to touch base. With seven former Tarblooders scheduled to be on the OSU roster this fall, Bryant is the first potential player to keep the Glenville pipeline flowing to Columbus.
It's a fact he does not shy away from, but not one that has led him to name the Buckeyes as his top team.
"It's pretty good, just knowing the pipeline of going to Ohio State is really good," he said. "I've talked to past players from Glenville and they said the experience at Ohio State is a great experience. I'm still really going to keep my options open and go through the whole process to see what really fits me at a college."
Asked for his top factors when selecting a school, Bryant said, "I'm looking at the relationships with the coaches, how we interact with each other, the academics of the school and how I would fit in into their defensive scheme."
Bryant plans to take part in Ginn's annual bus tour that will take him and his teammates to a number of camps across the Midwest. After that, the plan is to try and narrow his list.
"Right now, I really don't have a favorite," he said. "I would probably narrow my list sometime in the summer after the tour. We go on the tour every summer, so I'll probably make my choices after the tour."