While the 2013 recruiting class in the state of Washington isn’t as loaded with top-level talent like 2012 was, the Evergreen State might have a lot more depth at different levels of competition. One of the leaders up front on both sides of the ball is Tumwater’s Jamie Bryant who is already hearing from several Pac 12 schools.
Bryant played both ways for the Thunderbirds, and was named All-League on both sides of the ball. College coaches have already told him where they see him fitting in.
“I’ve talked to a couple of coaches and they all like me along the defensive line,” Bryant told NEI . “I have a big frame and I’m quick off the ball and they like my aggressive style.
“I’ve spoken to coaches from Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Nebraska and Notre Dame so far. I know it’s really early for me, so it’s really just starting, but I won’t let it go to my head”. Bryant Continued, “I’m just going to work hard and do my thing and if I do that, I’m sure it will all take care of itself down the road.”
His 6’5″inch 275-pound frame, light feet and long arms already have those coaches drooling, but he needs to get strong and he said that’s his focus over the winter and spring.
“I bench 245 pounds and squat 345, so I need to get stronger and that’s something I’m working on right now,” Bryant noted.
As a junior in 2011, Bryant racked up over 50 tackles to go along with five sacks and three forced fumbles, while helping to lead his team to the state playoffs before losing to state runner-up Archbishop Murphy.
“I really wanted to have a good season on both sides, that was one of my goals,” Bryant said. “I wanted to come out and play to the best of my abilities and leave it all out there on the field and that’s what I felt like I did”.
“Individually I had a good season, but our team didn’t get to where we wanted to go, so that will be a big focus for us this offseason since it’s our senior season and we want to go out on top.”
Bryant said he plans to take in several team and individual camps this spring and summer. We will plan on seeing him on the NEI/Barton Combine Tour over the spring and summer with the other top athletes in the Northwest.