Four-star defender James Bryant (6-foot-3, 240 pounds, 4.5-second 40-yard dash, 30-inch vertical) from Reading, Pa. is in the midst of guiding his team in the state playoffs, so he hasn’t had much time to worry about his future. That hasn’t stopped him from watching some college football, however, and he was in Pittsburgh over the weekend to see the Panthers upset the Hokies.
“It was a great,” he commented. “They beat a great team, and it was a great atmosphere. They got down and they could have given up, but everybody rallied around them. The fans got excited and everybody got behind them and they pulled it out.”
Even though he was very impressed with the crowd, James said he has been disappointed with all crowds in general, after paying closer attention this fall.
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“The crowd was great, but it was a big team. I like to look at them when the team is bad. I mean there are still some that pay, but don’t come to all the games, but I guess it is that way everywhere.
“I mean there are a lot of Raiders’ fans that don’t go to the games when they play Cleveland. They say, ‘That’s just Cleveland,’ so they stay at home. I just wish the fans would show up for all of the games, not just the big ones.”
James has attended six Pitt games this season to see his brother, Sam Bryant play, but has not been to any other games. He has not set up any official visits and does not plan to until after the season.
Although he refuses to name any favorites, Iowa, Maryland, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Pitt are all schools he is considering. All have offered scholarships except Miami.
Reading is currently 10-1 and will play in the district championship game this upcoming weekend, then the state playoffs start the following week. So far this season James has excelled with 155 tackles, three interceptions, and five caused fumbles -- he recovered three of them and returned two for scores. He has also returned four kickoffs and three punts for touchdowns.
Rated the No. 64 player on the Rivals100 list and the No. 6 inside linebacker by Rivals.com, Bryant projects as a full qualifier with a 2.6 GPA. He has already scored an 1,100 on the SAT and does not plan to retake the test.