Offers: Jacksonville, New Hampshire, Weber State
Showing Interest: Charleston Southern, The Citadel
What to Like
Trevon Bryant is a productive and dynamic playmaker based off of his highlight tape. This season Bryant ran for 1,772 yards while showing durability and dependability in carrying the ball 205 times without a single fumble. His coach at Menendez, Patrick Turner, says that Bryant has legit sub 4.5 speed and it shows on tape as he constantly runs past people for huge gains. In nine of eleven games this season Bryant at least one run of at least 25 yards are more. Bryant runs with both speed and power and his low center of gravity allows him to bounce of tacklers who don’t wrap him up. You very rarely see him tackled by just a single defender. He displays good vision, quick feet, good change of direction and generally makes one cut and gets up field quickly. Bryant sets up and runs off his blocks well. He is just as effective running between the tackles as he is on the perimeter of the defense. He has a little shake and shifty to him and is very good showing a defender a leg and a shoulder and making a jump-cut and heading in the other direction. Bryant also returns kickoffs which should only help his visibility in the recruiting process.
Questions and Areas to Improve In
The one thing that you notice on film right away is that Bryant has a tendency to run with the football in his left arm almost exclusively. While he was able to get away with this in high school it is a habit he will have to change to be successful in college football facing stronger defenders who are taught to strip the ball. This also limits his ability to ward off would-be tacklers with a stiff arm when he is running to the right side of the field thus giving up what could be extra yardage. The one question I have is this; does he have the pass receiving skills to be an effective pass catcher out of the backfield or as a slot receiver? There is simply not enough film to make an educated evaluation on that part of his game.
While he does play cornerback as well as tailback in high school I believe Bryant‘s future is definitely on the offensive side of the ball as either a running back or inside slot receiver in a spread offense. His size allows him to disappear behind his offensive line and before you know it he has darted through the hole and is off to the races. That ability will serve him well in a spread offense where the inside and outside zone plays as well as the zone read are used. He will have to continue to develop his pass receiving skills but did show the ability to catch the ball in limited opportunities on tape. I feel that if Bryant were 5-foot-10 he would be more highly recruited. I certainly consider him under-recruited at this time and feel that he would be a steal for any of the three schools that he currently has offers from. It would not surprise me to see a school from a mid-major conference who has been doing their homework enter the picture late with an offer.