Comparison: Colt Lyerla (Oregon)
Prep Career/Awards: Named to the MaxPreps All-America second team, "Medium-Sized School" All-America second team, and USA Today all-state (all levels) following his senior year ... also Seattle Times all-state and Metro League Mountain Division Offensive co-MVP ... over his career, caught 138 passes for 2,483 yards and 35 touchdowns ... helped the Crusaders to an 11-2 record as a senior ... 56 receptions for 979 yards and 10 TDs in nine games as a senior ... as a junior, helped Eastside to a perfect 13-0 record and the 3A state championship ... named to the USA Today all-state team as a junior ... caught 48 passes for 1,137 yards and 17 TDs as a junior, including two TD receptions in the state title game ... averaged 23.7 yards per catch in 2015 ... team went 13-2 and won the 3A state title his sophomore year ... 34 receptions for 387 yards and eight TDs as a sophomore ... played in the Polynesian Bowl following his senior year ... PrepStar All-America ... one of just five members of his class named to the Seattle Times' "blue-chip recruit" ... one of seven players named a "Northwest Nugget" by the Tacoma News-Tribune ... also named to the News-Tribune's Western 100 ... listed as the No. 73 overall prospect and No. 2 tight end in the nation by scout.com ... rated No. 3 in the state and the No. 5 tight end and No. 189 overall prospect in the nation by 247sports.com ... rivals.com ranked him the No. 2 recruit in Washington, the No. 4 TE in the country and the nation's No. 141 overall recruit ... ESPN listed him at No. 263 overall in the nation and No. 4 in the state, as well as the No. 4 TE in America ... also played basketball at Eastside ... father, Eric Bryant, was a strength and conditioning coach at the UW in the 1990s ... played football for coach Jeremy Thielbahr.
Offers: Seeing as he was rated the number two tight end in the country, Bryant had offers from schools from across the country including Auburn, USC, UCLA, Penn State, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Nebraska among others.
Why Washington: "The biggest reason for me is the coaching staff. Coach Pete (Chris Petersen) is the best coach in college football and to be able to play under him will be an amazing experience. Coach Pao (Jordan Paopao) is probably the most genuine coach that recruited me throughout this whole process and I knew he was always going to keep it (real) with me and you don't see that at all. Another reason I chose Washington is because its 20 minutes from my house, so all of my family and friends can come through and watch my games, plus U-Dub is winning right now and we're going to keep winning for a long time and I love to win."
If he had chosen a different school: "Probably UCLA or Nebraska."
Analysis: "Bryant plays both tight end and defensive end and is a load to deal with. On offense, he lines up more like a big receiver, often playing in the slot. He catches the ball very well and once he gets out in the open field, he's like trying to tackle a tank. He's very well put together and has a college body right now. He routinely breaks 2-3 tackles every catch and is strong in jump situations inside the red zone as well." -- Greg Biggins
High School Coach Says: "As a player, Hunter has a very high ceiling. He's an explosive receiver with the ball in his hands and an aggressive blocker. Everything he does, he does it at 100%. He did whatever we asked him to do -- played wildcat quarterback, played running back, receiver, tight end -- he's just a great football player and he's been a pleasure to coach over the past four years. He's one of the best kids we've had in the program, and we've had some great kids, so he's special. He's a leader on and off the field and he's a high-academics kid." -- Jeremy Thielbahr (Eastside Catholic HC)
Position Projection: Bryant projects as a tight end, but he'll be used more as a big receiver in Washington's scheme much like Josh Perkins and Darrell Daniels have been since Chris Petersen and Jonathan Smith arrived back in 2014.
2017 Season Projection: Washington has an abundance of tight ends on their roster, but with his athleticism and soft hands, it would be a pretty big surprise if Bryant wound up redshirting. We expect him to push for playing time the moment he arrives and to be a key contributor in the Husky passing game.