September 20, 2010
Serderius Bryant shines against top competition
Ole Miss 2011 commitment Serderius Bryant's Sanford (Seminole), Fla., team is months away from the Florida state playoffs, but Bryant's team experienced a playoff-type atmosphere after his most recent game against Oviedo (Hagerty), a team that features the Rivals.com No. 1 quarterback and Florida commit Jeff Driskel.
"We played Driskell's team, Hagerty, and beat them 28-14," Bryant noted. "He's a pretty good quarterback and I really like him. After the game, he said 'the next time we see each other, it's going to be in the NCAA when it's going to be Ole Miss versus Florida'."
Bryant compared the play of the Florida commit to one of the most celebrated players in Florida and NCAA history.
"This is how everybody on our team felt - if you tackle Driskell, it's like tackling Tim Tebow," Bryant explained. "Driskell's one of those types of players that's like Tim Tebow."
The 5-foot-10 1/2, 220-pound linebacker played "spotter" against Driskell and Hagerty, limiting Bryant's playmaking opportunities and tackle totals.
"I was playing spotter the whole game, so I really didn't get a lot of tackles," Bryant said. "I got one sack on him, though. It felt pretty good, it was a sack and that's a big boy."
Meanwhile, Bryant's school of choice, Ole Miss, has stumbled out to a 1-2 start. The slow start, Bryant said, does not make him question his pledge to Ole Miss.
"Actually, (Ole Miss' play thus far) doesn't affect me, because when you go to a school, the point is to go and try to make them better," Bryant said. "The defense is not looking that strong right now and I feel like I have a chance to go there and play early."
Bryant visited Ole Miss with fellow Floridian Rebel commits Jerrod Holliman and Andrew Johnson over the summer, and all three walked away impressed with the Rebels.
"Oh i loved it," Bryant said. "Everything in the facilities were looking good. I love the academics and how they have the tutors for everything. I really love everything about the school, and I think academics is what's going to really help me out. They have the best academic program out of all the schools I've looked at and that's what really made me interested in them, because school comes before football."
Bryant, who would like to major in sports management or communications, reports a core grade point average of 2.5 and has not yet taken any standardized tests. He will make his official visit to Oxford upon the conclusion of his prep season.
Bryant still plans to take several official visits despite his verbal commitment to the Rebels. Iowa State, Middle Tennessee, Miami, and UCLA, are all trying to convince Bryant to visit their universities.
Bryant speaks to his Ole Miss recruiter, Terry Price, almost every week and last spoke with Price the Friday evening after his contest against Hagerty and Driskell.
Bryant's Seminole team is 2-1 on the season and "between the first two games i had 28 tackles, I had a great first two games but in the last game, I don't know how many tackles I had. I feel like only had eight, but that's because I was spotting, I wasn't really blitzing or going after the pass or anything."
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