JOSEPH BRYANT, DT, 6'5, 305, 4.9, JASPER, TEXAS:
All-American Jorrie Adams gets a ton of attention on the offensive side of the ball, but Bryant is now begging to catch up in the defensive line. Nicknamed ‘Big Red', Bryant is a three-year starter who has played defensive end and tight end as a sophomore, defensive tackle last season and this season will play at defensive tackle. Some colleges like Bryant more as an offensive lineman, but he wants to play on the defensive side of the ball.
"I just believe that is my natural position and I just live to make plays," said Bryant. "I just have a nose for the football and always seem to be in the right place at the right time."
Bryant finished last season with 94 tackles, 10 sacks, 12 fumble recoveries and 8 pass knockdowns. Bryant can bench 355, squat 520 and he worked on his game at the Texas summer camp. Bryant starts in hoops (24 ppg and scored 50 points in one playoff game) and earned all-district honors.
Bryant is hearing from some small colleges in basketball, but admits he wants to play football and is getting more of an opportunity in football.
Bryant likes Texas A&M, Texas, Kansas State, Michigan, Arkansas and Oklahoma.
"I haven't narrowed down my choices to five schools as of yet. I want to keep things open right now," said Bryant. "I like the Sooners and their coaching staff. When they played for the national championship I was pulling for them. Their coaching staff looks like they are close to their players."
"Coach (Jonathan) Hayes called me when he was down here and shot straight with me and told me to keep working hard and that he could make me a better player. Texas A&M, LSU, Arkansas and Kansas State are the schools who have officially offered me. Jorrie and I want to play at the same school and we feel that we will have that kind of opportunity."
Bryant is close, but as of yet hasn't qualified.
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