The massive offensive guard from Chicago Simeon has a deep mutual interest going with the Wolverines…
Looking for Balance and Competition
Chris Bryant, the 6-foot-5, 330-pound three-star offensive guard from Simeon Vocational High School in Chicago, Ill., says his top six schools remain Stanford, Arizona, Michigan, Michigan State, Kansas and Illinois. All have offered except the Spartans. "I'm still in the process of narrowing it all down and still doing my homework on the teams," Bryant said. "I'm going to wait until next weekend and the weekend after that to see how these teams do at the beginning of the season, and just how the coaches and players all start off." Bryant was busy this summer with unofficial visits to Stanford, Michigan, Michigan State and Illinois. He also said he was able to get out for a visit to Kansas earlier this year. "I don't have a leader out of these schools and they're all showing me the same amount of love," said Scout.com's No. 20 offensive guard. "Though they're not allowed to talk to me just yet they're all doing a pretty good job about staying in contact just by sending me a lot of mail, emails and stuff. And they all have their different ways of showing how much they want me there. "These schools would all like me to commit," Bryant said. "The coaches at each program have told me that they'll let me know if spots begin to fill up soon or if they're going to be taken. But to me, it's really no big deal if a guy has already committed there who plays my position – I like the competition." Bryant isn't ready to set up any solid dates for official visits. "I'll probably start setting those up in the next couple of weeks as soon as I knock down the list to my top five schools," he said. "Quite a few of these schools are telling me that they've got some big days already set up to host recruits when things like Homecoming begin, but right now I'm not sure on any dates." Bryant's got his mind set on what he's looking for at the next level. "I want a good balance between academics and football," he said. "I want to be at a place that's known for football and what kind of coaches and players come out of there. I want to be at a school with a great football history and a place where I know the coaches are trying to get me to the next level. I also like it when a coach tells me that I can go out and compete, not just tell me, ‘Yeah, we'll get you in to start right away.' I like it when coaches keep it real with me, but the bottom line is I just want to play football." Bryant's been told by coaches at Stanford that he's close to qualifying academically. "They've told me that they just want me to take a couple of AP classes this year so that I get my GPA as high as possible," he said. He reports a 3.5 GPA and a 21 on the ACT. Simeon Vocational High School plays Mt. Carmel in a preseason game this Sunday at Soldier Field in Chicago. The team will then play in its first regular season game of the year on Sept. 17. When Bryant looks back on his years of high school football, he's happy with where he's at as a player and in the recruiting process. "I never thought I'd be in this kind of situation," he said. "I'm happy and blessed by it all and just want to live up to all the hype and expectation. But I really just want to get out there and play football."
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