Rutgers Increases Interest in Fla. LB

Programs are starting to warm to the idea of Seminole (Sanford, Fla.) linebacker Serderius Bryant's play-making ability, and are willing to overlook his 5-foot-10, 205-pound frame. One of those schools showing Bryant more interest recently is Rutgers, and Bryant is returning the interest. He talks about the Scarlet Knights, and whether he will visit the campus in the offseason.

Seminole High of Sanford (Fla.) linebacker Serderius Bryant has heard it time and again. At 5-foot-10, 205 pounds, programs continually question his size, and whether he can be effective in college.

But Bryant's production on the field is beginning to override the concerns about his height, and Rutgers is one of the programs starting to recruit Bryant with more fervor.

"They've been in contact with me more lately,'' Bryant said. "I like them. They are talking about wanting me come up there and see the campus. That is something I would like to do. I'm going to try and get up there.''

Bryant says he has offers from Florida State, Central Florida, Colorado State, Miami and Mississippi. The Scarlet Knights could offer if he tells them he will come and see the campus. For now, his knowledge of Rutgers' program is limited, but he is researching it.

"I know it's where they played the first football game,'' Bryant said. "It was a game between Rutgers and Princeton. I'm learning more about the school.''

One of the reasons schools are beginning to look past his size is his on-field production. In 12 games as a junior, Bryant made 154 tackles and four sacks. He also spent a little time in the offensive backfield, rushing 21 times for 158 yards and four touchdowns.

"Schools talk about my size all the time,'' Bryant said. "It's a little frustrating, but I just go out and prove I can play.''

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