As the most highly ranked prospect lining up for Cleveland Glenville this fall, is the four-star cornerback prospect a lock to play his college football at Ohio State like so many top Tarblooders have done before him?
The answer was simple: we'll have to wait and see, but it's certainly a possibility.
"I just would say everybody has their own situation and how they deal with things," Bryant told BuckeyeSports.com. "Some people just think that, ‘Oh, it's Ohio State, you have to go to Ohio State,' but I'm still – don't get me wrong, I like Ohio State. I like Ohio State and what their whole mentality is and I like the coaches there and everything. I just want to weed out through the recruiting process and see what's going to be best for me in the long run."
Bryant was in Columbus along with two teammates and head coach Ted Ginn Sr. to promote Glenville's involvement in the second annual Chris Spielman's Gridiron Classic, a four-team prep football showcase set for the weekend of Sept. 4. Spielman said the selection of the Tarblooders to take part was somewhat due to the fact that fans in central Ohio will likely get a chance to see some future Buckeyes suiting up for Glenville.
For the 5-10, 175-pound Bryant, this season marks his chance to be a senior leader for his team – an opportunity he has looked forward to for some time now.
"This feels great just knowing the greats that came before me that were seniors," he said. "They told me what I have to do and what's going to come and what role I will have to play as a senior. I just feel great right now coming into my senior season. I want to do really good for me, myself and my team."
In addition to Spielman, former OSU defensive lineman Joel Penton was on hand as a representative for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, who are a part of the event.
Bryant cited former Tarblooders Ted Ginn Jr., Troy Smith, Freddie Lenix, Ray Small and Rob Rose as players he draws upon for inspiration. Although the likes of Ginn and Smith were suiting up for OSU before Bryant was in high school, the nation's No. 13 cornerback prospect said he remembers their times at Glenville.
"I used to come around as a young guy and see those guys practice, see how intense their practices were and how much input they had on the team and how much of an effect they had," he said. "I'm trying to fill their shoes now and have an effect on the team this year."
Bryant remains in contact with Small and Ginn, he said, but they do not talk on a weekly basis.
This fall, Bryant said he plans to take his time with the recruiting process in an effort to make sure he is making the right decision.
"I'm not trying to rush anything because I know if I make the wrong decision I'm not going to get a chance to fall back on it and pick another college," he said. "I'm just taking my time and trying to weed through every bad thing, every good thing and see which college is going to be best for me."
Asked what he is looking for in a school, Bryant said, "the interaction with the coaches and the players, how the team is ran by the head coach. They have to have nice facilities I can work out in so I can try to be real good, and just the overall mentality of the school. I don't want to go somewhere that's way down and try to bring them back up. I just want to go to a winning mentality school where the coaches impress life on you and winning at the same time. Everything has to be about winning and as a coach how to help me as a man."
OSU offered Bryant back in April, he said, and he is now up to somewhere around 25 scholarship offers. He does not have a list of top schools yet, but plans to cut his list to five within the next week. Bryant will then take all of his official visits during the fall before issuing a commitment.
He is being recruited as a cornerback but has also played safety, wide receiver, quarterback, punt returner and kick returner for the Tarblooders.
"I'm really starting to grow into liking corner a little bit more since last year," he said. "I've been working on my footwork, breaking on the ball, my explosiveness and everything into a corner that is one of the best in the country. I'm just trying to work really hard and be the best."