On the radar of schools since his sophomore season of high school football, La Grange (Ill.) Lyons Township quarterback Ben Bryant has the size and strong arm to warrant high division 1 scholarship offers … he just needed that first school to pull the trigger.
On Friday, the University of Wisconsin became that school.
“I am truly just speechless,” Bryant told BadgerNation. “I had no idea they [Wisconsin] were going to offer me, so when they did I was speechless! It feels great because I really like Wisconsin and their coaches. It also feels good to know that I will be playing football in college.”
Although Bryant has met members of the coaching staff at Wisconsin before, the rising prospect admits that he’s still not very familiar with the program itself. Offered by Wisconsin graduate assistant Jon Budmayr, Bryant would like to learn more about the Badgers.
“Last weekend I was there for a camp and I really liked it,” Bryant said. “The coaches talked to me a lot and I really liked their staff, but I want to go to a game this season and also take a visit in order to learn more about Wisconsin.”
“I felt like I threw the ball pretty well at this last camp,” he added. “I was coached up on a couple things and it really helped me out.”
With a visit likely to happen in the future, Bryant still knows what Wisconsin has to offer as the style of play of head coach Paul Chryst’s offense, along with location, works heavily in the Badgers’ favor.
“I really like the offense that Wisconsin runs,” Bryant said. “It fits me well as a pocket passer, so I like how they do things. Also Wisconsin is close to home, so I really like that as well.”
Adding his second offer from Central Michigan Saturday, Bryant isn’t willing to name favorites or leaders, only that he will remain extremely high on the Badgers in the long run.
“It’s weird because I don’t really have a number one, two or three right now, but I do really like the Badgers and what they are about,” Bryant said. “They are very high in my head. Everything seems really nice there.”
With his first scholarship offers now in hand, Bryant isn’t at all concerned about when more will start to roll in. For now, Bryant is simply going to work on performing in the same manner that has been turning heads and improving his game one day at a time.
“I’m just going to keep doing what I’ve been doing,” Bryant said. “If any school offers, they offer. If they don’t, then they don’t offer. Right now, I’m not worried about that.”