Q & A with LB James Bryant

I had a chance to sit down and talk with National Blue-chip recruit James Bryant of Reading, PA Sunday evening for a question and answer session. Read on for many updates in his recruiting process.

James Bryant 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 country. Student Sports/The Sporting News magazine ranked James among the top 100 juniors to watch last season. They 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 4 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. His brother (Sam Bryant) is a promising redshirt freshmen safety for the Panthers who looks to push for playing time this season.

Q: What is your current height, weight, and 40 yard dash time?
We just got measured and timed on Friday. I am 6-3 240 lbs. and I ran a 4.52 40-yard dash.

Q: What are your lifting stats?
We also just maxed out the other day also. I bench pressed 390 lbs., squatted 505 lbs., and did 330 lbs. in the power clean.

Q: Do you plan on going to any summer camps?
Yes. I will be going to the Nike Camp at State College. I also will go to camps at Virginia Tech, Ohio State, and Pitt.

Q: What were your offensive and defensive stats as a junior?
132 Total tackles, 3 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries, 23 hurries, and 5 forced fumbles. I also had 984 yards rushing.

Q: What other sports do you play?
I play basketball also. My position is center. I used to go out for track also; I threw the shot put, but I decided not to go out this year.

Q: How many years have you been a starter, and do you play any other positions than linebacker?
I play fullback on offense. I started since a freshman on defense. I played defensive end and linebacker as a freshman. I started at fullback and linebacker since my junior season. I will play fullback and linebacker this season also.

Q: What are the strengths to your game?
My hitting ability. The ability to create a collision at the point of attack and to disrupt the play.

Q: Your brother is a redshirt freshman safety at Pitt. What do you think about the possibility of playing on the same defense with him in college?
Yes, I have thought about that. I think what I can bring to the defense would only open up more opportunities for my brother at the safety position.

Q: What schools are your favorites at this point?
Pitt, Miami, VT, and Ohio State. I also am interested in Oregon, Maryland, and Purdue.

Q: What would you like to major in once you select a college?
I would like to major in Elementary Education.

Best of luck to James Bryant in the upcoming football season. James is a well-spoken young man and he has a bright future ahead of him. James attended the Miami camp for juniors last year with another blue-chip recruit, Andrew Johnson from North Hills High School. James was selected the camp MVP at linebacker and Andrew was selected the camp MVP at running back. James went to several Pitt games last season and intends to make it to a few this season also. James is being recruited by Pitt assistant coach Tom Freeman.

We will continue to keep all Panther fans updated on the recruiting process of James Bryant. All Pitt Panther fans hope to see James playing for the Blue and Gold in the near future.

--Brian Gold

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