EVANSTOWN, Ill. – After a highly productive junior campaign, three-star running back Tre Bryant is focusing on seven schools among 11 that have offered at this point. Last year Bryant turned in 1,403 all-purpose yards and 21 total touchdowns en route to raising his recruiting stock mightily.
With a variety of options, Bryant has identified a group of schools that stand out the No. 6 running back on 247sports.com.
“The schools that are in my top seven are Indiana, Kansas, Kansas State, Mizzouri, Syracuse, UNLV, and Northwestern,” Bryant said. “I would say all of the schools in my top seven are the ones I hear from the most.”
Out of all the schools showing interest at this point, Bryant feels that these schools stand out due to the potential opportunity for growth on and off the football field.
“Those are the schools where I felt I can become the best student athlete,” Bryant said. “I also feel like those offensive systems suit me well.”
On Saturday, Bryant had the opportunity to visit Northwestern and evaluate the Wildcats’ campus from a first-hand perspective. Bryant recalled this trip as a positive experience due to his contact with the Northwestern staff.
“I got to experience a lot on the visit today,” Bryant said after his visit on Saturday. “I toured the campus and facilities. I also got a chance to watch film with coach [Matt] MacPherson and talk on-one-on with coach [Pat] Fitzgerald.”
While Bryant spoke highly about his interaction with coach Fitzgerald, this visit was primed by the work of Northwestern wide receiver coach Dennis Springer. Bryant’s primary recruiter thus far has been Springer, and the two have developed a close bond in looking at the talented running back’s options long term.
“Coach Springer visited my school during the evaluation period,” Bryant said. “He talked with my head coach and he offered me a scholarship. “The main thing that stood out on my visit was how the coaching staff stresses the importance of good character and life after football. Everyone’s football career will end at some point and you must know what the next step in your life is going to be.”
Apart from Northwestern, Bryant has noticed an uptick in his recruiting profile. While many schools within the Midwest have shown interest, Bryant is hearing from schools in SEC territory as well.
“I recently received an offer from Vanderbilt,” Bryant said. “I am also hearing a lot from Illinois and Minnesota too.”
This spike in Bryant’s recruiting is largely due to the work that the talented 5’10”, 195-pound running back. As a multi-sport athlete, Bryant is working on his speed in an effort to maintain a more athletic base on the football field.
“The offseason is going great,” Bryant said. “I ran track during the spring to work on my speed and I also been in the weight room trying to get more explosive and stronger.”
As a running back, Bryant sees himself as a prospect that can shoot through holes within the defense and find the seam on the edge thanks to a healthy amount of quickness and vision.
“I would say that I am a home run hitter,” Bryant said. “I have great balance and vision to find holes. I always try and make the first defender miss. One of the main things I focus on with my game is pass protection. Pass protection and catching out of the backfield are two things that make a good running back a great running back.”
With a positive visit to Northwestern under his belt, Bryant plans to see Indiana on June 20th, Syracuse on the 23rd and UNLV on the 26th.
“I would say that the main thing I am looking for is the atmosphere of the program,” Bryant said of his upcoming visit spree. “How coaches interact with the players and how players interact with players.”
After that, his recruitment is open to influence.
“I am not for sure on where I am going to take my officials, but I am planning on making my decision sometime during the football season,” Bryant said.
Click here to view Bryant’s junior highlight tape.