November 17, 2010

Ole Miss 'is the place' for Bryant

Members of Ole Miss' 2011 signing class and other coveted 2011 graduates will take official visits to Ole Miss, and other universities, for the next few months.

One weekend in particular is an all-important weekend for Ole Miss, when Serderius Bryant and others trek to Oxford for one of the final visit weekends on the official visit calendar.

"January 22nd," Bryant noted. "That's when all the commits are coming up and all of (Ole Miss') top recruits are coming up on that date, too."

The 5-foot-10 1/2, 220-pound linebacker is firm with his commitment to Ole Miss.

"I'm stopping (my recruitment) right now," Bryant said. "Schools are still showing that they really want me, but I feel that Ole Miss is the place I want to be."

Auburn, Oregon and "just a lot of different schools" have kept in contact with Bryant since his July 4 commitment to Ole Miss, however Bryant claims he is "solid" with the Rebels.

Upon Bryant's late-January visit to Oxford, he'll meet with fellow members of the signing class, several of which he knows personally. Bryant keeps up with Alabama natives Collins Moore and T.J. Worthy via telephone and social networking sites. Bryant, like an overwhelming majority of Ole Miss' commitments, notes the Rebels' lackluster season is not a deterrent to attend Ole Miss, instead he sees the Rebels' situation as something he wants to help improve.

"They aren't doing so good, but we're going to (Ole Miss) to try to make them better," said Bryant. "A lot of us want to go up there and make them better than what they are now, and we're looking at it as a chance for playing time.

"All the players that I've talked to told me that they're really solid with Ole Miss. Just because they're losing, it doesn't mean it's going to change their way. If that was the case, a lot of players would be dropping off from Florida, because Florida is losing a lot of games."

Bryant speaks with his recruiter, Ole Miss defensive line coach Terry Price, on a weekly basis.

The three-star outside linebacker noted his similarity in size to Rebel sophomore linebacker Joel Kight.

Bryant is "ready to earn a starting position. There's a 5-foot-10 linebacker (Kight) that's starting right now, I guess there's going to be two 5-foot-10 linebackers. I'm just ready to come up there and get started."

What Bryant lacks in height, he makes up for in speed and hard-tackling. Bryant was clocked running a 4.5 forty and said he hits "like I'm seven feet tall. Just because I'm small, it don't mean I can't hit. I feel like I have an eye for the game and that's what's going to help me out when I get to the college level."

Bryant has 104 tackles for his Sanford (Seminole), Fla., team and has around 50 more tackles than Seminole's second-leading tackler.

"As of right now i have 104 tackles, but the last three games I've sat out after playing only two quarters," Bryant added. "We were blowing teams out, so you know how that goes. Being a team player, I wasn't upset or nothing."

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