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Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Bryant paying close attention to new DC hire

By Corey Dowlar

The departure of Florida State's Mark Stoops to Kentucky had a direct impact on one of the top remaining prospects on the board for the Class of 2013.

Four-star defensive tackle Keith Bryant (Delray Beach, Fla./Atlantic), a Miami (Fla) commitment, has been watching the Seminoles closely down the stretch and recently took a visit to Tallahassee for the Florida-Florida State game.

Talking to the coaches was a highlight, including the new Kentucky head man.

"It was good," he said. "I loved the whole experience. I loved the coaches, especially Mark Stoops. I am sorry that he had to leave, because, you know, he was my recruiting coordinator. We had a great bond. I would talk to him every week, I would go ahead and call him. It is a better move for him because he is a head coach now. I know that it is better for him, but I am sad that he had to leave.

"I was kind of shaky about it, but then I have been considering Florida State for a while now."

Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher is closely examining his options for Stoops' replacement. And so too will Bryant once the choice is made.

What kind of defense the Seminoles will employ is of major importance, because Bryant has a specific scheme in mind.

"Yeah, I really want to know if their defense is going to change or not," he said.

"I would rather play in a 4-3 than a 3-4. I have only played in the 3-4 maybe one or two games in my whole high school career. I just did it the last two games. We were going against passing teams so we had to adjust."

Miami and South Carolina appear to be the other schools on Bryant's shortlist for now. Miami currently has an edge, but it seems like the Seminoles have made up a good amount of ground.

"It is FSU, Miami and South Carolina," he said. "I am digging Florida State. In order, it would be Miami, FSU and South Carolina."

A final decision has yet to be made. Bryant is targeting the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January in San Antonio as the time for that decision.

Not only is he looking forward to that, but also the great competition and the prestige of the event that comes with it.

"I am probably going to announce it at the U.S. Army Game," Bryant said.

"I am very excited about it. I can't wait for it."

Bryant says he still plans on visiting Oklahoma at some point.