James Bryant comments on the Blue/Gold game

James Bryant (6-3/240, 4.52 40) is considered one of the top 5 recruits in the state of Pennsylvania. He also has been selected by just about every recruiting guru in the country as one of the top 20 linebackers in the nation.<br><br> James attended the Blue/Gold game on Saturday to watch his brother, promising redshirt freshman safety Sam Bryant. I took the opportunity to ask him a few questions.

Q: So what did you think of the spring game?
Bryant:
I had a good time. Got to see my brother, met a bunch of the recruits and also some of the recruits from the last recruiting class. I met Clint Sessions and HB Blades who came up from Florida. I met with all the coaches and several of the current players.

Q: What did you think when you watched the linebacker position?
Bryant:
To tell you the truth, I think I can do a lot of things those guy's were not doing. I thought they were messing around too much with the lineman, instead of getting off their blocks and making the plays. Not to take anything away from anyone, but I think I could play pretty early there.

Q: Anything new on the recruiting front?
Bryant:
I just got two new offers, from West Virginia and Rutgers. I still plan on taking all my visits before deciding on anything, though. I will be going to the Nike camp up at State College also. I also got offered a tryout for the National All-Star game in Texas.

Student Sports/The Sporting News magazine ranked James Bryant among the top 100 juniors to watch last season. They also selected James as one of the top 11 junior linebackers in the country last season. Recruiting guru Max Emfinger has ranked James as one of the top 10 strongside linebackers in the country for this upcoming season. James has a combination of size, speed, and strength that is almost unheard of for a high school athlete.

As a junior, Bryant registered 132 total tackles, 3 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries, 23 hurries, and 5 forced fumbles. He also had 984 yards rushing. James bench presses 390 lbs., squat's 505 lbs., and did 330 lbs. in the power clean. Pitt, Miami, Virginia Tech, and Ohio State are considered his top 4.

Click here for the interview I held with Bryant in March. We will continue to keep you updated on James Bryant throughout the season.

Brian Gold
PittInsiders.com


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