JUCO corner talks about Wazzu trip

CORNERBACKS ARE OFTEN the most entertaining recruiting reads. The nature of the position calls for a player brimming with confidence, able to surmount the adversity of a long pass allowed, or an interference penalty committed, by the time the play is over. One such DB not lacking for confidence officially visited WSU last weekend. And he also put up some solid pass breakup numbers in '07.

Jeramy Bryant (5.10, 178, 4.48) is self-described as being seen by colleges as on the cusp between D-I and D-II. The cornerback has a gaggle of D-II offers but hopes to go D-IA.

And he firmly believes he has the talent to play at that level.

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Washington State thought enough of him to bring him in on an official visit this past weekend. The Cougars haven't offered, but there still remain about three weeks before the Feb. 6 Signing Day.

"Coach (Paul) Wulff told me he'd call me and let me know...and I thought the new coaching staff there was great. They were straight up and straightforward with me," said Bryant.

Kendrick Dunn and Alfonso Jackson were two Bryant said he bonded with on his visit to the Palouse -- two Cougars who play a physical style of football. And Bryant caught the eye of the Wazzu staff to begin with because of his physical play.

"They liked my physicality, they like that I'm a physical corner, both Wazzu and Akron told me that they like that about me," said Bryant. "...I like that I can control the tempo of the game at corner, that I can take away their best receiver, make a team one-dimensional and make them have to run the ball. It gets lonely out there at times on the corner (when you do that) but that's okay."

BRYANT GRADUATED IN '05 from Carson High and made his mark on the football field at corner and free safety. He then took a year off to earn some money before beginning his JC turn at L.A. Harbor College.

His freshman season in '06, however, he tore his ACL in Week 5.

"That's why I'm kind of below the radar right now," said Bryant. "But I ended up coming back my second year, this past year, and I led my conference in pass breakups. I also had four interceptions and finished up with 54 tackles.

"I had 17 pass breakups unofficially, and I think the (COA) gave me 14 officially, I believe."

BRYANT HAS three to play two at the next level. And, spoken like a true cornerback, Bryant does not lack for confidence when considering his potential prospects against Pac-10 receivers.

"I've pretty much put up the numbers and now I'm just waiting on the returns," said Bryant. "...I think I tied for fourth in the state in pass breakups. I've grown up my whole life in California and I know I can play in the Pac-10 conference.

"In coming off the ACL injury, in 11 months I was able to dominate games. And I know I can dominate that conference, too."

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