October 6, 2009

Are Vols in line for Bryant visit?

The recruiting pipeline that extends down I-71 from Cleveland's Glenville Academic Campus to Ohio State University in Columbus is an extensive one. The list includes Buffalo Bills' Donte Whitner, Baltimore Ravens' Troy Smith and Miami Dolphins' wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr.

Even the former mayor of Cleveland, Michael R. White, went from Glenville to Columbus and back to serve as the mayor from 1990 to 2002.

But Glenville defensive back Christian Bryant is keeping his options open, and one of those options includes following former teammate Mike Edwards a little further south to Knoxville.

"Me and Mike are real close," Bryant said. "I just talked to him probably, like, two weeks ago and he was just telling how they treat them, how they treat them like professional athletes (at Tennessee).

"If they treat you like professionals that means they are trying to get you to the next level. I know some of the coaches on the coaching staff have some NFL experience and know people from the NFL."

Bryant has yet to set up any official visits so far this season, but he knows that he will visit three out of his top five that include Tennessee, Ohio State, Michigan State, North Carolina and Virginia.

"I know for sure I'm visiting Tennessee, Ohio State and Michigan State," Bryant noted.

While there are a five of Bryant's former teammates currently on campus at Ohio State playing football, the defensive back says that the proximity will not affect his decision.

"I really just want to just go to the college that's the best fit for me, not as much as who's closer or anything. I just want to see where I fit in. Wherever I feel is the better fit for me, that's what college I'm going to," Bryant said.

Another thing Bryant will be evaluating before he makes his decision is the feel he gets for the coaches' and players' relationships.

"Just the overall mentality of winning' I would like the coaches to have and how they push you and how the player and coaches relationship is there," the Glenville standout explained.

Bryant said he has noticed the mentality that Tennessee head coach Lane Kiffin has had throughout the season and wants to know what the first-year coach is like in person.

"I just know Lane Kiffin, he looks like he's on a mission to win a BCS National Championship," Bryant said of his initial observations of the UT program. "I've seen on TV and stuff that he has just been trying to work his kids real hard and just try to get 'Ws' every time they step on the field. So that's something I'm looking forward to seeing in person and seeing if he's really like that in person."

Bryant, who has played cornerback, safety, wide receiver, quarterback, punter and kicker this season, said he will most likely wait until his season is over before he takes any official visits.

While he waits to take his official visits, Bryant said no school has been able to separate itself from the pack.

"Everything is even," he said. "Not one of the five stands out right now so I don't have a leader."

Rivals.com rates Bryant as a four-start prospect and the No. 173 overall player in the nation.

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