Louisville Offers Freshman DT

Louisville Offers Freshman DT

Louisville extended an offer to a freshman today, but University of Detroit Jesuit (Mich.) defensive tackle Bryce Brand is no ordinary freshman.

When Terrell Buckley won a Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos, Bryce Brand was two years old. Today, Buckley, now a coach at Louisville became the first coach to offer Brand, a 6-foot-1, 265-pound freshman defensive tackle, a scholarship.

"He told me wants me to be a Cardinal," Brand said, "and to keep working hard, doing what I'm doing and my time will come."

Working hard seems to come naturally to Brand. He already squats 420 pounds and benches 365 pounds and by all accounts, puts in countless hours in the weight room and with other training.

That type of work ethic combined with his natural abilities allowed him to start on U of D Jesuit's varsity last season.

"It was a big step, but I was excited because I knew coming in I was going to play varsity so I prepared myself during the summer and everything."

Brand says he does not have a visit to Louisville planned yet. He has been to Michigan State, visits Bowling Green on Saturday and has received mail from Purdue and Indiana already.

Today's offer, and the knowledge that a lot of eyes are now on him, is only a catalyst for harder work.

"Oh man, it motivates beyond belief," he says. "This feeling right now is one I keep wanting to strive for. It's a great feeling."

Tonight, this young man will lay his head down as one of the very few freshmen in the Midwest to already hold a scholarship offer. The scope of that accomplishment is not lost on him.

"It's unbelievable. It's a big relief to know somebody noticed all the hard work I put in, all the offseason work in the weight room."


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