Bryant Would Like To Hear More From Oregon

Some may say that Sanford (FL) Seminole linebacker Serderius Bryant is too small to play in the front seven at the collegiate level, but Bryant's not buying it. With a heart that's as big as any, the speedy Bryant looks to prove his doubters wrong as he plays with a fierce passion that is inspired by one of the NFL's most feared throwbacks.

Do you currently hold an offer from Oregon?.

"No, not yet."

What kind of contact have you had with Oregon since the recruiting process started?

"Right now, not really much. I talked to two coaches. I talked to one coach two times, but that's it."

Do you remember which coach that was?

"No sir."

Did they visit you at school or did they get a hold of you via phone, e-mail, etc?

"They sent one thing with a questionnaire and a card that said to give them a call. I called them and I was talking to them and they said they were very interested in me and to keep in touch. They said they were going to come down this spring and take a look at me, so hopefully they will."

What is your overall interest in Oregon?

"Right now, it's probably at a medium because I haven't really talked to them."

What is that has you at least somewhat interested in Oregon?

"If you look good, you feel good. If you feel good, you play good. Oregon has the best jerseys in football. And not only that, but Oregon wins games, they go to bowl games every year, they win a lot of games, they put a lot of people in the NFL, and they have pretty good coaches that can help you on the field and get it done. That's what really interests me in Oregon."

How would you describe yourself as a player?

"I think I'm a very good player sideline-to-sideline. I think I'm going to be a very good Division-I prospect at linebacker...most people see me as a safety...but I think I can go to college and do good and then go to the NFL."

Would you compare yourself to anyone at the collegiate or professional level?

"Mike Singletary. He was basically my height and everyone tells me that, 'he was your height and he was an All-American in college'. I don't let anybody tell me that just because I'm too short doesn't mean I can't play that position and Mike Singletary was one of the best linebackers in the league, so I look up to him."

Are most schools looking at you at linebacker or safety?

"Most schools are looking at me at linebacker. They tell me that height doesn't really matter. If you're a ball player then you're a ball player and if you can make plays then you can make plays and I think they're right about that. Height doesn't really matter. If you're making a play, then you're making a play. You don't put a player 15 yards (off the line of scrimmage) when he's making a play five or ten yards back. You keep him up there and let him make his plays. That's what I like about the schools that are interested in me because I really don't want to play safety because that's something I really never did and I don't want to get to college and be a fool. I want to play something that I know how to play."

What are you looking for in a program?

"I think the relationship with the coach. I feel like the coach is like my dad and that he's going to help me out in any way, whether it's football, off the field, on the field...I'm just looking for a good program that makes me feel like I'm at home...I want the coaches to love me just like my parents do."

What offers do you hold from other schools at this point?

"I just got a new offer from Wake Forest. I got Cincinnati, Wake Forest, Louisiana-Lafayette, Georgia Southern, Central Florida, Miami (Fla.), Colorado State, and that's about it."

Is anyone leading at this point?

"Well I got an offer from Cincinnati and I was talking to Cincinnati and Cincinnati told me some good stuff. Cincinnati, Wake Forest, and Ole Miss are my top three. Cincinnati because when I was talking to Cincinnati they were telling me that, 'We've got some linebackers at our school right now that you can play better than' and that I could fit right in. They had a linebacker that went in to the draft a couple years ago and he was about my size and he went in the third round they said. They said I remind them of a lot of good players and they think that if I come in and ball out in the spring, they said I've got a good chance to be a starter as a freshman. With Wake Forest, they were saying practically the same thing. They told me, 'We usually redshirt freshmen, but if you're one of the best 11 on defense then we have to play you'. They said I'm not mentally ready yet. I've still got to learn everything."

If Oregon were to offer you, where would they rank amongst your top teams?

"There's some schools that growing up I was like, 'Dang, if I get an offer from them, I'd love to go to their school', and Oregon was one of those schools that I grew up thinking that if I ever got a chance to go to Oregon I'd go to Oregon. It changes your whole mind though when you go to college or getting ready to go to college and that school doesn't offer you. You think, 'Dang, I guess my dream's over, huh?'. Oregon would have to be one of my top schools though."

Have you gone on any Junior Day or unofficial visits? Do you have any plans to go on any?

"I've been talking to a lot of coaches about taking unofficial visits and I've been talking to some about official visits. After August 1, they're going to let me know about the official visits. For the unofficial visits, I might go up to Cincinnati, and Ole Miss, and probably some other schools."

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