Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Keith Bryant selects Florida State
By Corey Dowlar
Keith Bryant's (Delray Beach, Fla./Atlantic Community) recruitment is finally over. After being committed to Miami for some time during this cycle, it turns out he's staying in the same state, but not with the Hurricanes.
Florida State and defensive tackles coach Odell Haggins won out in the end as Bryant chose the Seminoles over Miami, South Carolina and Southern Cal. The four-star prospect is ranked by ESPN as the No. 135 player in the country for the Class of 2013.
What is the impact of Bryant's decision?
What it means for Florida State: It adds depth to an already stout group of defensive tackles led by recent ESPN five-star players Timmy Jernigan and Eddie Goldman. It also further establishes the Seminoles' footprint in South Florida -- an area that has been good to them over the past couple of cycles.
What it means for the teams that lost out: Of the three teams that could have used Bryant the most, the Hurricanes probably rank at the top. South Carolina and Southern Cal already have quality players and adequate depth at the position.
Turning point: Midway through the regular season, Florida State defeated Miami in South Florida, and it grabbed Bryant's attention. That, coupled with his ties to Tallahassee, proved to be the difference that was reinforced on his official visit the weekend of Jan. 11.
Surprise (scale of 1-5): 1. Florida State felt pretty good about Keith Bryant throughout the process. Despite the late entrances by Southern Cal and Kentucky, it was an insurmountable lead.
Immediate impact (scale of 1-5): 2. Bryant at 6-foot-2 and nearly 300 pounds will be able to stand up to the rigors of college football. The issue for him will be the amount of players ahead of him on the depth chart already, but the Seminoles do like to rotate often.