In part two of our two-part 2009 signing day evaluations and expectations article, we talk about the…
Bryant Makes Commitment Official
It was a rare post-Letter of Intent day official visit, but then again Jarrid Bryant isn't your typical football recruit either. Bryant was actually known early in his school career as a solid basketball prospect (played on the prestigious AAU club Compton Magic), but he always wanted to play football as well while he was at Corona (Calif.) Centennial. His friendship with Arizona State linebacker Brandon Magee, who also hosted him on the visit, helped the Sun Devil staff be aware of the wide receiver. Bryant was pursued by ASU starting in mid-June and he was offered a scholarship offer the day before signing day. After signing his letter of intent, Bryant is now officially a member of the maroon and gold. Bryant arrived in Tempe on Sunday night and during his visit on Monday committed to ASU. "It feels good to make it official," Bryant told Devils Digest on Tuesday morning. "I love everything about the school, the coaches, the players, the environment…it was a real good visit. "The facilities are everything that Brandon said they were. They have all the facilities that are going to help me be where I need to be, and have the team play at a high level and compete in the Pac-10. We had some bad weather but we got passed it (laughs)." Bryant played mainly basketball at Salisbury (Conn.) Prep School, and was part of the football team only his senior year. The Knights, who finished the 2008 season at 5-3, were by no means a passing team. This is why Bryant's receiving stats are very modest at ten catches for 140 yards and a pair of touchdowns. However, it was his impressive returning skills on special teams that had schools such as Boston College, California and Kansas, aside from ASU recruiting him. Bryant scored on five kick returns and three punt returns. Bryant plans to finish up his basketball season in the next few weeks, and then concentrate on conditioning himself until he arrives here in the summer. "Because of graduation I'm probably going to come to ASU in July," he said.
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