Bryant Ends Months of Speculation and Commits to USC
Ending months of speculation, T.J. Bryant probably surprised the entire South by deciding to leave Florida for the West Coast. Bryant is a top-level Scout.com 4-star cornerback/wide receiver from Tallahassee-Lincoln, Florida. He has decided to sign with USC. Bryant will probably make his mark as a "shut-down cornerback" for the Trojans. Once again coach Pete Carroll has proven there are no boundaries for USC recruiting.
Bryant remained silent to the press and recruiting world, leaving the nation to wonder where he would spend his collegiate years. In the last two months of his recruitment, Bryant did not speak to the public and his mother usually shared what little information was given out. In a previous Scout.com interview, Bryant relayed, "I don't talk to a lot of people, I have spoken to a few. I let my mom talk to most of the people."
Toward the end of his recruitment, Bryant whittled his list down to Alabama, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Miami and USC. The popular belief was that a prep star would not leave Tallahassee, and for certain not leave the state of Florida. In this case, popular belief was wrong.
Bryant's Accomplishments on the Field
In his senior season (2007) for Lincoln High School (Tallahassee-Lincoln, Florida), Bryant had 24 solo tackles and four assisted tackles. He also had two fumble recoveries, caused a fumble and broke-up eight passes.
On offense, Bryant caught two passes for 69 yards and a touchdown. On special teams, he returned 14 kicks for 260 yards (18.5 yards per return). Bryant returned 13 punts for 252 yards (19 yard average) and scored a touchdown.
A two-sport athlete, Bryant runs track. He runs the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles.
Pete Carroll Strikes Again
Over the years, Pete Carroll has been able to go outside of the state of California and recruit top prospects. Getting a player of Bryant's caliber out of Tallahassee-Lincoln is a major coup for Carroll. Among other states, Carroll has been able to recruit top-talent from New Jersey, Louisiana, Tennessee, Hawaii, Utah, Washington, Michigan, Ohio, Arizona, Virginia and Georgia.
After a very nervous and quiet last two weeks of the recruiting season, this commitment serves as a reminder that Pete Carroll is still at the top of the national recruiting wars.
As of this writing, two commits, Jerrell Harris (12:00 p.m. PST) and Uona Kaveinga (6:00 p.m. PST) still have to make their announcements public. At that time, the final analysis as to the strength of the USC 2008 Recruiting class can be made. Already, USC has fielded a very strong commitment class.
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