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Sunday, February 3, 2013
DE Bryant recaps official visit to FSU

By Corey Dowlar

Davarez Bryant (New Smyrna Beach, Fla./New Smyrna Beach) said prior to his visit to Florida State this weekend that he wouldn't be making a decision. He held to that statement leaving the Seminoles' campus undeclared.

But that doesn't mean the defensive end didn't have a good time. In fact, it was much the opposite.

"Yeah, on a scale from one to 10, it was a 10," Bryant said. "It was a great time."

Official visits, of course, afford the prospects and the coaches to have great amounts of interaction for the weekend. One of the highlights for Bryant was to be able to talk to Florida State's head coach, Jimbo Fisher.

What Fisher said to Bryant left a lasting impact and a good feeling.

"It was meeting Coach Fisher," Bryant said of his favorite part. "Just sitting down and talking with him. His personality is great. He just said that he thought for a first-year player - he said he usually thinks basketball players can be soft - but he said I was a good player for it being my first year. That was amazing to hear."

The academic side of the visit was always going to be important to Bryant. He knew about the football team's success over the years, that was no mystery to him.

But having been on an official visit to his other finalist, Iowa State, he needed to know if Florida State had something to offer, too.

"They have one of the top communications programs in the country," Bryant said. "So that was definitely good."

Karlos Williams, a rising junior defensive back, was Bryant's host for the weekend. Known for his jovial attitude, Williams lived up to the reputation.

"He is a funny guy," said Bryant. "He has a great personality overall."

Though his visit was admittedly great, Bryant isn't ready to tip his hand. For that, everyone must wait until Wednesday morning when he signs his letter of intent.

"No, not really," he said. "It is still even right now."