July 4, 2010
Bryant creates some Fourth of July fireworks
Serderius Bryant had more to talk about with his family on Independence Day than fireworks, ribs and pulled pork sandwiches.
The three-star linebacker from Sanford (Seminole), Fla., wanted to make sure that everyone in his inner circle was on the same page before he called the coaches of his college of choice and ended his recruiting.
They were, so Bryant did just that, committing to Ole Miss Sunday.
"I made the decision today," Bryant said. I've been thinking about. I talked to my family about it and just did it.
"It's everything about the school. If you get up there, they push you to work. I love everything about the school, the facilities, Coach (Houston) Nutt, everything."
Bryant, a 5-foot-10, 202-pounder with 4.52-second speed in the 40-yard dash, became the third prospect to choose Ole Miss Sunday. He joined Miami (Southridge), Fla., four-star teammates Andrew Johnson and Gerrod Holliman as Independence Day commitments for the Rebels. Ole Miss now has has seven verbal commitments for the 2011 signing class.
Bryant chose Ole Miss over offers Auburn, Cincinnati, Colorado State, Florida State, Georgia State, Miami, Central Florida and Wake Forest.
"They said they were glad to have me," Bryant said. "They said welcome to the Rebels."
Bryant said he plans to turn his undivided attention to preparing for the ACT, which he will take again in September. Bryant said he has a 16 on the standardized test and he needs an 18 to qualify academically to play as a freshman in college.
"I think I'm done with recruiting," Bryant said. "I just want to focus on my grades and on the school I'll be attending."
Bryant has been leaning to Ole Miss since very early in the process. He visited Ole Miss unofficially two weeks ago and that trip sealed the deal.
"When I was down there, (the Ole Miss coaches) said they use a lot of blitzing," Bryant said. "They said they saw me on tape and they saw a lot of sacks from me. It's hard for people to block me. I just rip through linemen and get to the quarterback. They told me to look at (Ole Miss rising sophomore linebacker) Joel Kight's highlight tape and I'll be doing the same thing."
Bryant said he'll be visiting Ole Miss again later this month with teammate Eric Farkas, an athlete the Rebels are recruiting as a safety. Bryant said the pair plan to spend a couple of days in Oxford.
"He said he didn't want to go up by himself," Bryant said. "I just want to see the things I didn't see last time I went."
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