Christian Bryant, a defensive back prospect from the Glenville Tarblooder program, announced his college choice at his school on January 26. With the apparent exception of Jonathan Newsome, Tarblooders that come through Ted Ginn Sr’s program typically wait until the end before making a decision. While this may be seen as a bit of counseled attention-hogging in Glenville, there is good reason that doing so maximizes exposure for everyone involved (including the rising juniors in next year’s class). Given the talent pool in Glenville, Ohio State is willing to wait.
They waited on Bryant and Latwan Anderson, though the latter was only the third Tarblooder to turn down a scholarship offer from Ohio State1. He declared for WVU at the US Army All-American Bowl and now may be on the verge of making a commitment to the USC Trojans2. That left just Christian Bryant from the Tarblooder program. Fortunately, Bryant announced he will commit to Ohio State over North Carolina. In doing so, Bryant secures the Glenville pipeline that has run through Ohio State since Jim Tressel’s first full recruiting year (2002) to the present.
It’s interesting to read that Taver Johnson told him they have cornerback in mind for him. This might be an initial thing, since Bryant might be in that gray area where a corner becomes a safety because he’s a tad slower than what is optimal. However, at 5’10, 170lbs, he may not have the ideal height. Regardless, Bryant — everything from a quarterback to a safety for the Tarblooders — is an all-around athlete with demonstrated skills that translate well to whatever is his ultimate secondary position. Bryant joins Hagan, Roby, Reed and Hagan as secondary recruits.
Senior film is below, if’n you’re interested. To note: the team in red jerseys and black pants is Huber Heights Wayne. Bryant pick-sixed a throw (an errant one) from 2011 blue-chipper Braxton Miller.
- I think previously I said he was only the second, following Cordale Scott in the 2008 class. However, I think Pierre Woods may qualify here. I think Ohio State offered him in Tressel’s first recruiting class (2001); he ended up at Michigan. [↩]
- In another curious twist, apparently the door might be slightly ajar at Ohio State. I emphasize “might”, because I think Ohio State has moved on. [↩]