Reynoldsburg's Darien Bryant has had a tough junior season, but that hasn't stopped schools such as…
Bryant Talks Recruiting, Morgantown Visit
Darien Bryant may not be the biggest tight end prospects at 6'4" and 195 pounds, but his 4.6 quickness has several universities interested. Bryant, who already holds a Toledo offer, is talking to other BCS level schools. "I got it over the summer, this past summer," the Reynoldsburg High product said in reference to his Toledo offer. "I talked to one of the coaches, and went up to one of their games when they played Western Michigan. West Virginia and Cincinnati (are showing a lot of heavy interest). I also talk to Maryland, and I went to Ohio State for the USC game, and I'm getting a ton of mail from Tennessee." Though several of those schools are showing the early interest, one school in particular is standing out for Bryant. "I like West Virginia a lot. Other than that, it's just kind of looking at everyone and seeing what schools have to offer." That affection earned the Mountaineers a visit over this past weekend from Bryant for the annual Backyard Brawl. "It was a really good game. I've been down there before, too, when they played UConn this year and it was a really exciting game. I went down with one of my teammates." On his unofficial visits to Morgantown, he's had plenty of time to spend talking with the Mountaineers coaching staff about earning a possible offer. "I talked to Coach Holliday and Coach Dunlap when I went down there. They talked about how I just transferred schools. I transferred from Reynoldsburg to Pickerington North. They talked to me about my film, but I'm finishing my film, they'll be one of the first to get it. It just depends on the film, because they don't have enough on me." The transfer to Pickerington North was necessitated in order for Bryant to be guaranteed a football team for his senior season. "We had a levee failure last year, and it cost 500 dollars to play last year. And we had another one in November and maybe in May. Not many people can pay to play, and so they may not have a football team. I just want to make sure I can pay football next year." So now that the move has steeled away a spot for his senior season, coaches from any school will be able to see Bryant in action. "Every school is talking to me about tight end. Since I'm a little quicker and don't have as much weight as most tight ends, I'm more of a receiver. I'm proud of my blocking though, because a lot of people want to catch, but because I can still be able to block a defensive tackle even though they have a lot of weight on me."
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