February 24, 2012

Speed is this LB's game



These days, the game of football is built on speed.

No matter what conference you follow, every team wants faster players at every position.

Vance (Charlotte, N.C.) linebacker Larenz Bryant gets it, and has built his entire game around being faster than everyone else.

"My whole game is speed really," said Bryant. "That is just how I like to play. I like to get to the ball first, and pride myself on things never getting by me or around me. I can read plays, and I have a quick reaction time. I think I'm a fast linebacker, really."

Since that is exactly what schools all over the country are looking for, it makes sense that the four-star linebacker has close do a dozen offers with 11 months left until he is able to sign.

It isn't just his speed that those schools like, though, as there is much more two the Charlotte native.

"I like making plays," he said. "I like tackling, and big hits. I like scoring touchdowns on offense and defense. I just like to make big plays."

Although it is early in the process, and many schools are in hot pursuit, Bryant is already feels like he has things narrowed down to a top five.

"My top schools are Georgia, Clemson, N.C. State, Florida, and Virginia," said Bryant. "That is my top group right now."

One of the most recent schools to offer was the University of Georgia, and the Bulldogs have a huge need at inside linebacker for their 2013 class.

The offer from Georgia was a one that Bryant was looking for.

"Coach (Tony) Ball came to my school, and told me they wanted me," said Bryant. "He said they hoped to see more of me, and I was glad to get an offer."

A big reason Bryant was happy about the Georgia offer was due to his perception of the UGA program.

"They are a really good program," said Bryant. "They are ranked pretty high every year. They have great coaches. Their Head Coach (Mark Richt) has had a great career. Their defense is really nice every year. As far as the school goes, I don't know much about it, but I want to know more."

Even with things narrowed down to a top five at this early stage, the Rivals100 linebacker will keep things open in the coming months as he visits each school in which he has interest.

"I'm just going to visit as many schools as I can and see what they have," he said. "I want to visit Georgia and Florida and places like that to learn more about them. Then I will know more."

When it comes to making up his mind about a school, Bryant has a few things he is looking for.

"I'm really looking at the education part of it," he said. "I want a school that has a good program for my major, because I want to be a journalist. I'm also looking for a school where I am comfortable. I want to go to a school that isn't on top, but they aren't bad, because I want to play and help them win, and take it to the next level."

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