Four-star offensive tackle Kevin Bryant (6-6, 375, 5.8), from Boyd H. Anderson High School in Lauderdale Lakes (Fla.) reports about 45 to 50 offers with his top five being Mississippi, USC, Ohio State, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. He said he slightly favors the Rebels over the Trojans because of his relationship with Mississippi offensive line coach Art Kehoe.
Bryant has not set any official visits. He plans to start setting dates next week after Thanksgiving, starting with USC. "USC told me that I should look at setting my official visit next week," Bryant said
Scout.com's No. 18-ranked offensive tackle originally met Kehoe during a summer camp. "Ole Miss is recruiting me the hardest. I developed a relationship with coach Kehoe and have maintained that relationship. We talk about twice a week. I think he is a top-notch coach because he's aggressive.
"He wants me to be a guard and says I have a strong possibility of starting as a freshman due to the number of seniors that are leaving Ole Miss. Playing my freshman year is very important to me. I'm also looking at coaching styles, up-front communication, and to have the same coaches with me all four years.
"I want coaches that are going to prepare me for the next level," he said. "Going to the NFL is my dream. Gavin Joseph (right guard for Tampa Bay) is my mentor. He's inspired me to be the best.
"I'm totally focused on my dream which means that I can't really make any decisions until after my visits. I need to make sure I choose the best school for me, the school that will help prepare me for the next step.
"The coaches that I have spoken with say that for my size and strength I have great agility," he said. "One of the reasons I'm just now focusing on the official visits is because my high school team won the district championship (9-2) against South Plantation. All I do everyday is practice to become better. I don't even watch TV to keep up with the college teams.
"I'm keeping an open mind going into this decision process. With so many schools making offers, it's going to take some deep thinking and it's going to be a long decision process. I'm taking it slow and reviewing everything," Bryant said.
He reports a 2.5 core GPA and hopes to take a January SAT.