Ohio D-End Making Believers

The 6-5, 230-pound Derrick Bryant, from Columbus (Ohio) Brookhaven, has made believers out of many midwest programs who have offered him a scholarship, and now the west coast is catching on, with recent serious interest from UCLA...

"I was offered by Purdue the other day and North Carolina offered me today," Derrick Bryant told Scout.com. "I'm very fortunate right now as I've got ten offers now."

With no plans to camp this summer, Bryant, the 6-4.5, 230-pound defensive end prospect from Columbus (Ohio) Brookhaven, knows he'll try to visit a few programs close to home.

"I may try to make unofficial visits to programs close to me and then use my officials on program far way," Bryant said.

While he's not ready to name any leaders, Bryant is excited about his new offer from the Tar Heels and looking forward to what may be coming his way: "The coaches from UCLA and Oregon have both told me I could be offered this week or next. The UCLA coach said he wanted to send the offer in the mail this week. Oregon is going to talk it over this week when all the coaches come back together and I would know then if I'll be offered by them."

With most of his offers being in the Midwest, is there any issues with schools farther away from home?

"I have no problem going away from home if it's the right fit for me academically and football wise. I'm looking at what is best for me."

As for North Carolina, the ACC program has a couple of things going for it: "I've had a chance to talk with a couple of the coaches like Coach (John) Blake. He's the defensive line coach and has coached a lot of good defensive linemen over the years in college and in the pros. Coach Davis is also a former defensive line coach and I feel they could help me in reaching my goal of playing at the next level."

While academics are important, Bryant also doesn't want to short change himself on the field: "I'm looking to attend a school were I can be part of something special in college and a program that is headed in the right direction. I'm not in a big hurry to make my decision and may wait until after my senior season to do so."

As for programs that have not shown interest, Bryant isn't upset.

"I don't really have any programs I'm hoping to get an offer from. If a school doesn't have interest in me now I don't see what will change. I'm very happy with the schools that have been showing me interest and look forward to learning more about each of them."

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