March 3, 2010

Big-time Florida talent looking at CSU

The Colorado State coaching staff is making a run at one of the best defenders in the State of Florida. Serderius Bryant holds scholarship offers from Ole Miss, Miami, Central Florida and Florida State, but hasn't ruled out the Colorado State Rams in his decision.

The 5-foot-10, 202-pound outside linebacker from Sanford (Fla.) and Seminole High School was named Third Team All-State last year, as well as first Team All-District, All-Conference and All-County. He accounted for 154 tackles, 13 for a loss and six sacks last season.

"I know what the coaches like about me," Bryant said. "The plays I make on my film are behind the line of scrimmage. They are either a sack, or if it is a run, they are a sweep behind the line of scrimmage."

In addition to his stats on the field, he also puts up impressive numbers in testing. Bryant offers a 4.52 time in the 40-yard dash, a squat max of 445 pounds, a bench press of 300 and a vertical leap of 34 inches.

Bryant said he is keeping his options open right now and distance won't be a determining factor in where he goes to college. That is good news for a Colorado State program that has already signed his friend, Charles Green, to a National Letter of Intent in the Recruiting Class of 2010.

"CSU is a good school and I really like the school because of the way they were recruiting Charles," Bryant said. "He said I need to get out on an official visit and I need to take a look at the school because it is real nice. He said I will be teamed up with him and he'll show me a good time just like when he was down there for his visit and they showed him a good time. The coaches really liked him and told him that he would get some early play."

Bryant added that his recruiting contact from Colorado State - Offensive Coordinator Pat Meyer - told him the best 22 kids play for the Rams and, if he comes to Fort Collins, Bryant will have a chance to prove he is one of the 22 best.

While Colorado State has a friend of Bryant's working in their favor, two local schools also have advantages of their own. Bryant said he took an unofficial visit to Miami last year and loved the atmosphere of the Sunlife Stadium. Central Florida is less than a half hour away from his home, which offers them an advantage no other school can match.

"UCF, I like," Bryant said. "They are close to home and my family is not a family with a lot of money. At UCF they could come see every one of my home games. It is 15 minutes from where I stay."

Bryant had previously said he liked Ole Miss and Florida State, but seems to have cooled on them.

"Ole Miss is a pretty good school and Florida State is a pretty good school," Bryant said. "They aren't on top because they don't show me no favors. I tried to talk to them on the phone and they tried to get off the phone with me, so they aren't on my top anymore."

In addition to the scholarship offers Bryant currently holds, he is also hearing from Kansas, which may be offering a scholarship shortly.

"I just got off the phone with Kansas," Bryant said. "Their coach said he had to show the head coach before they offered me. He said the head coach will like me because the other coaches fell in love with me."

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