Versatile Commitment for Vanderbilt

Michael Bryant, offensive lineman from Lavergne, (Tenn.), committed to the Commodores last week, and his coach had high praise for the latest Vanderbilt verbal pledge.

"Michael is a great kid," head coach Will Hester said. "Of course in order to be able to be a SEC commitment to Vanderbilt he's got to be both a good student and a good athlete. The good Lord blessed Michael. He's 6-6, 280 pounds and runs a legitimate 4.8 in the 40, but he's also a good person and a good student. He comes from a good family, and he'll do wonderful at Vanderbilt."

Coach Hester discussed why his star player decided to make an early decision.

"I think he and his family had decided early on that he liked Vanderbilt. I mean, we're right here outside Nashville. He was able to go and spend a lot of time watching spring practice and stuff. He just really fell in love with coach Caldwell there, and I think it was a good fit for him."

Bryant's talent has landed him a starting role on both sides of the ball for the 2007 season. Coach Hester discussed Bryant's versatility.

"He will be a three-year starter this fall on the offensive line for us. He'll end up starting on the defensive line for us as well because he runs so well."

"He's just a very physical presence. He's a smart kid, so he allowed us to do some different things we might not be able to do with a kid of his capacity there. He's been outstanding for us. We are glad that he's had the opportunity to get his commitment out of the way and just have fun with his senior year."

Michael Bryant is an outstanding student as one would expect for a Commodore commitment.

"He's a 3.2 GPA I think," Hester stated.

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