Keith Bryant: It’s a pretty close race
Since defensive tackle Keith Bryant (6-2/300) asked to be taken off Miami’s current commitment list, his recruitment has been nothing short of exciting. He has taken visits, tweeted out random messages and has been part of a lot of rumors. CaneInsider.com caught with the Delray Beach (Fla.) Atlantic product to talk the latest.
“It was straight,” Bryant said of his most recent official visit to South Carolina. “JT Surratt (sophomore defensive tackle) hosted me. He was pretty cool.”
Bryant has named three schools that are standing out: Florida State, South Carolina and Miami. However, he’s not ready to name a leader. “It’s a pretty close race, that’s all I’m gonna say.”
It is common knowledge–even before he committed to the Canes–that he was a big Miami fan. Now, since going through the recruiting process and seeing Miami from a different perspective, did his feelings changed?
“Nah, I still feel the same about Miami,” Bryant said. “Miami is still Miami in my heart. It’s getting crazy with the recruiting process. So many things have changed like my feelings have changed towards certain schools.”
Florida State, a college that Bryant is considering very heavily, has lost most of its assistant coaches. Usually, programs see a “recruiting fallout” after such events, yet FSU has kept things together.
“I don’t have any problem with that,” Bryant said. “I talk to Jimbo (Fisher) like every other day. When I talk to Jimbo, I can talk about more than football. I don’t really get into coaches anymore because they leave at any time.”
Miami’s recent hire of former offensive coordinator James Coley will neither help Miami or hurt FSU in Bryant’s eyes.
“No, I didn’t even know him,” Bryant responded when asked if Coley’s departure would affect him. “I met him when I went up there for junior day. I talked to Mark Stoops all the time.”
Wherever Bryant ends up, he plans on working hard early on to avoid getting redshirted.