Bryant Ready to 'Get to Work'

Oklahoma needs help - immediate help - at a very thin linebacker position. JUCO four-star J.R. Bryant might be just the man to offer that help and he's fully aware of it as he prepares to report to Norman in just a few weeks. Sooners Illustrated caught up with Bryant as his days at junior college are winding down.

There were a few questions about the Oklahoma football team entering spring ball, most notably on the defensive side.

More specifically, there were question marks about the Sooner secondary and linebacker corps.

Secondary questions may have been answered with the emergence of some young cornerbacks and safeties.

The same can't necessarily be said for the linebackers.

Keanan Clayton, Ryan Reynolds and Travis Lewis showed flashes of being solid players, but not enough to – without a doubt – lock down a starting position.

That leaves the door open for players from the 2008 signing class to come in and make an impact.

Among the most likely prospects is J.R. Bryant, a four-star prospect who will be coming to Norman in June via Garden City Community College.

"I'm getting ready," Bryant said this week. "I've doing a lot of stuff to prepare myself for Oklahoma."

Bryant's been studying film and defensive packages of the Sooners as well as working out to a specific program provided by the university.

It's all in an effort to come to Oklahoma as ready as possible to hit the field.

"I know they've only got one linebacker who played a lot last year," Bryant said. "So I'm ready to get there and get to work."

Bryant (6-2, 225) played every linebacker position for Garden City and that versatility will carry over to Oklahoma. He said he's been told he could play either strongside or weakside linebacker.

As a sophomore at GCCC, Bryant earned first team honors in the Jayhawk Conference and NJCAA Region 6 with 81 total tackles, 70 uof which were unassisted. He also had 9.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, two interceptions, eight fumbles recoveries and a blocked kick.

Bryant is originally out of Wayne County High School in Georgia.

He'll return there for a few weeks after graduating from GCCC on May 10 before reporting to Norman in early June.

"I'm going to go home and spend some time with my family before I go to Norman and get ready to work," he said. "I'm looking forward to it."


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