Recruiting Profile: Mike Bryan

On the surface you would say there is no way that Mike Bryan would ever end up an Oklahoma State Cowboy. After all, his father and coach is former OU and Atlanta Falcons defensive line standout Ricky Bryan and his uncle Steve was also an OU standout on the defensive line. What many folks don't know is that Ricky Bryan very nearly became an Oklahoma State Cowboy. The Bryan family has an agricultural background, besides a great football background, and OSU is a comfortable college home.

"I just want a chance to play college football," said Mike Bryan. "I'm going to keep my options open and anybody that is interested in me then I'm interested in them."

We believe that a lot of people will end up very interested in Bryan. He is a little undersized at linebacker at 6-1, 215 pounds and his 40-yard dash time is 4.7, which could turn some schools off that are looking for the 4.5 athlete. The bottom line is Mike Bryan can play. As a sophomore he registered more than 100 tackles and last season for a pretty stout Coweta defense he had 194 total tackles including 97 unassisted tackles. Those are incredible numbers at that level of high school football in Oklahoma. He is a very smart player that plays with a high level of toughness.

"I look over there at my dad and my uncle and I don't want to let them down," said Bryan. "They have coached me and worked with me and I owe a lot of my success to them."

So far he is receiving letters but is not being fawned over as much as some of the other prospects in the state. That, however, will change. Bryan is poised for a strong senior season and could finish with close to 500 tackles as a high school linebacker. That should get plenty of attention!

One college coach told me that he can play at the Division I level, and that his football smarts are a major reason. Maybe this is one OU legacy that might find a college home in Stillwater?

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