The first official visit for Rivals100 wide receiver Dez Bryant was to a familiar place.
Two weeks ago, the Lufkin, Texas star took an official trip to Texas A&M. With former high school teammates Jorvorskie Lane and E.J. Shankle hosting him, it was definitely not foreign territory in College Station. The trip to see the Aggies, however, will not be his last.
"Texas A&M was good, I liked it a lot," Bryant said. "I hung out with Jorvorski and E.J. and I got to watch them practice which I liked. The coaches were just asking me if I wanted to be an Aggie. I told them that I had to wait and take some more visits.
"That was really about it."
Bryant said that both of his former Lufkin teammates told him that A&M would be a good fit because he had a connection to so many players and knew everyone real well.
"They just said I'd feel real comfortable at Texas A&M," Bryant said. "That's true in a way, but I also wouldn't mind doing something on my own."
Bryant says that his next visits will be to Oklahoma State, LSU, and Texas Tech after he participates in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Jan. 4.
"I don't know the dates, but those are the three I like," Bryant said. "LSU has a pro-style offense and a lot of their players go to the NFL. Oklahoma State, their wide receivers coach Gunter Brewer, he has sent a lot of players to the NFL like when he coached Randy Moss.
"OSU has guys on this year's team that are going to go to the NFL like Adarius Bowman. Texas Tech, they just pass the ball a lot – like almost every snap.
"I like all the schools though. I'm not ready to name a leader."
The one question on everybody's mind has been Bryant's academic situation. He has yet to qualify academically, but says that he's waiting on his ACT score. He's also excited to be able to play in one more all-star game with his coach John Outlaw.
"Coach says he's excited to be coaching the Offense-Defense bowl and he's excited because he gets to coach me one more time," Bryant said.
Bryant says he plans on making his college choice announcement on Signing Day.