Pickerington (Ohio) North tight end Darien Bryant will embark on his second official visit of the recruiting process Friday afternoon. The 6-4, 215-pound tight end is headed to North Carolina for two days and will see the Tar Heels take on NC State Saturday afternoon.
"I'm going to fly out in the afternoon and then come back Sunday afternoon," Bryant said. "I just want to see what North Carolina has to offer. With Nebraska being the only official visit that I have taken - which was a really good experience - now I will have something to compare it to."
This will not be Bryant's first stop at North Carolina's campus, but one question has arisen since his last visit to Chapel Hill and he will be looking for answers on this trip.
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"The main question is just what's going on with the investigations. So far, that's the only bad thing that I have found," Bryant said. "I went to Myrtle Beach over the summer and on the way back we stopped at the Carolina schools. One of the schools we stopped at was the University of North Carolina. It was not a real in depth tour, but we did see some things, talked with the coaches and everything seemed good."
Bryant officially visited Nebraska the weekend of Oct. 29. That was his first official visit of the recruiting process, and the experience was markedly more in-depth than any of his previous trips.
"That was my first official and I really had no idea what to expect going out there," Bryant said. "Leaving [Friday] and having something to compare it to should help. It won't necessarily give me a decision, but it should help a lot."
Bryant also has an official visit scheduled to Hawaii for the first weekend in December. Like North Carolina, Bryant has previously made an unofficial visit to Honolulu and plans to take a few extra days exploring the 50th state.
"I'll be there Dec. 2 to Dec. 7. Obviously two of those days will be an official visit, but with it being such a long trip I will stay out there a little extra," Bryant said. "With me being a mid-year [graduate], I went Hawaii in the summer and stopped by the school. Obviously you want to be somewhere that is nice, so I've been in contact since the visit."
Bryant's December graduation from high school means his time is running short, and the three-star tight end is starting to make some decisions about favorites and how he will execute the final few weeks of his recruiting process.
"Me and my mom were just talking about that," Bryant said. "We have a poster up on the wall and have been trying to narrow things down.
"Out of the schools we've been talking to, probably the top are Nebraska, these two upcoming officials and then probably West Virginia and Maryland. Also, my coach has been in contact with the University of South Florida and with West Virginia being a lot closer than Florida, I would probably use an official [to South Florida]."
Bryant has not scheduled official visits out past his trip to Hawaii and is not sure whether all five trips will be taken before he needs to make his decision.
"I would like to use all my officials since this is a once-in-a-life opportunity," he said, "but of all the schools that are in my top five, four of them start school on January 10th, so I am getting really low on time."
Bryant's senior season came to an end earlier this month. Pickerington North finished the season with a 6-4 record.