Thursday, February 14, 2013
Noles 2013 snapshot: Keith Bryant
By Corey Dowlar
With national signing day now beyond us, NoleNation takes a closer look at the next crop of Seminoles.
Vitals: Defensive tackle Keith Bryant (Delray Beach, Fla./Atlantic), 6-foot-2, 292 pounds
Committed: Feb. 6, 2013
ESPN.com grade: 83, four-star prospect
ESPN.com rankings: No. 14 defensive tackle in the country, No. 61 player in Southeast, No. 27 prospect in Florida and No. 135 in the ESPN 150.
Picked Florida State over: Kentucky, Miami, South Carolina and Southern Cal.
State of the position: In terms of talent, Florida State's defensive tackles are stocked. Five-star recruits such as Timmy Jernigan and Eddie Goldman will play large roles for the Seminoles in 2013. Justin Shanks, Derrick Mitchell and Nile Lawrence-Stample still have plenty of time to come into their own and Demonte McAllister has emerged as one of the best at the position. Jacobbi McDaniel will also be back from a redshirt season and should be healthy and ready to go.
ESPN.com scouting report: Bryant can be a disruptive interior defensive player. He possesses good overall size. While he might need to rework his build some at the next level, he should be able to play comfortably around 300 pounds. He displays a very good initial burst and is capable of disrupting plays by getting quick penetration. ... He can be explosive and can get upfield to blow up plays, but is best as a straight ahead, hard upfield charger and displays more adequate short change-of-direction ability and range. ... His ability to quickly get off the ball and get under blockers' pads can allow him to create pressure with a bull rush, but he needs to keep developing the use of his weapons. Bryant is a good-sized kid who is capable of quickly firing off on the snap off the ball. He needs to keep developing and rounding out his game, but has the tools to be a disruptive presence.
Expected impact: Bryant will likely have a similar impact this season as Goldman did last season. He'll rotate in during mop-up duty early in the season before earning Odell Haggins' trust. There is a chance he could redshirt, but it is probably not the favorite option in the clubhouse. Bryant is capable of holding his weight and then some, but might have to adjust to the Seminoles strength program initially. Down the road, he figures to play a very important role in the Seminoles defensive front.