Wednesday, January 30, 2013
25 days, 25 names: Jaimie Bryant
By Mason Kelley
One of the earliest prospects to commit to Washington’s 2013 class, Jaimie Bryant (Tumwater, Wash./Tumwater) kept a low profile throughout the recruiting process.
The 6-foot-5, 261-pound defensive tackle gave the Huskies a verbal commitment in April 2011 and, when asked about that decision before his senior season, Bryant cited the excitement surrounding the program’s defensive coaches.
“The defensive coaches are always pumped, always jacked, always excited,” Bryant said.
During his senior season, Bryant briefly caught national attention after Tumwater attempted a trick play called the “Bouquet Toss” during a 35-28 double-overtime victory against Olympia (Wash.) Capital.
Quarterback Jayden Croft took the snap, turned his back to the defense and threw the football toward the end zone like a bride would throw a flower bouquet. Bryant made a leaping catch. The video went viral.
That play demonstrated the athleticism Bryant possesses. Recruited as a defensive tackle, Bryant also played some halfback and tight end for Tumwater. He has the combination of size, strength and speed that lead some to believe he could develop into a talented offensive lineman.
For now, though, he is one of six defensive linemen currently committed to the Huskies. Joined by highly touted prospects such as Elijah Qualls (Petaluma, Calif./Casa Grande) and Joe Mathis (Upland, Calif./Upland), the defensive line is one of the strengths of Washington’s 2013 class.
“It’s going to be a great class,” Bryant said. “It’s going to be a great addition to their program.”