It wasn’t quite as dramatic as a year ago when Marcus Hall visited
Tennessee a week before signing day and then verbally committed to Ohio
State on Monday just two days before he would sign his national letter
of intent, but it was a similar scenario for Cleveland Glenville’s
Christian Bryant nonetheless.
It wasn’t quite as dramatic as a year ago when Marcus Hall visited Tennessee a week before signing day and then verbally committed to Ohio State on Monday just two days before he would sign his national letter of intent, but it was a similar scenario for Cleveland Glenville’s Christian Bryant nonetheless.
Bryant made his final official visit to North Carolina with more than two weeks remaining until signing day and then verbally committed to Ohio State on Jan. 26, more than a week until he would officially have to ink a national letter of intent.
With a baby blue North Carolina hat along with a bright red “Block O” Ohio State hat on the table in front of him, Bryant - clad in a black and red bowtie around his neck and flanked by his mom on one side and his dad and younger brother Coby on the other – read from a prepared statement on a notepad.
“First I just want to thank my mom and my dad for being there for me through the entire recruiting process,” Bryant said. “They’ve been great parents and they’ve just been here with me through the tough roads and the great roads.”
And after thanking his coaches and teammates at Glenville, Bryant went on to address the topic for which the various members of the media had gathered there for.
“The recruiting process has been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity but it has also been exhausting,” Bryant said. “Also I’ve visited several colleges, there were pros and cons about each college, but in the final decision I had to think about not only myself, but I had to think about my family and my community. This city and state has been good to me and in my future I just want to do great things and give back to the children that came before and that’s coming after me.”
And with that statement being read, Bryant dropped his notepad and reached for one of the two hats setting on the table to slip on his head.
“Therefore today,” he continued, “I’ll be making my commitment, not only for the next four years but for the rest of my life, and I’ll be choosing The Ohio State University.”
So as expected, sort of, Bryant became the 18th member of Ohio State’s 2010 recruiting class and the 16th Tarblooder to verbally commit to Ohio State since 2002 - at least one Glenville player every year - and keep the integrity of the proverbial pipeline in tack.
And after speaking briefly to Jim Tressel and Ted Ginn Sr. on the phone, Ginn was under the weather and was not in attendance, Bryant fielded questions from the media.
“Truthfully in my heart that’s where I wanted to be for the next four years,” said Bryant when asked why he chose Ohio State. “The University of North Carolina is a great school, no doubt about it, but I just think I had a stronger bond with the coaches and everybody else in Columbus. I just felt a great vibe there so that’s where I’ll be for the next four years.”
Bryant has obviously lived up to the lofty expectations of the past four years when he was given No. 2 as a freshman, the same number worn by Ted Ginn Jr. when he prepped at Glenville. A two-way standout for the Tarblooders over the past two seasons after missing his entire sophomore campaign with a shoulder injury, the expectations are just as great going forward for Bryant who is initially slated to play cornerback and return kicks at Ohio State.
“I’m very excited just knowing that I picked Ohio State,” said Bryant shortly after the press conference officially ended. “It’s a great opportunity for me and I’m just glad that I had this scholarship offer on the table.”