With news that big defensive tackle Keith Bryant plans to attend Florida State, the Seminoles just got a lot tougher to run on and throw on.
FL DT Keith Bryant signs with the Noles. Cites relationship with Jimbo Fisher.— Josh Edwards (@JEdwar247) February 6, 2013
The 4-star Bryant, according to 247 Sports' composite rankings, is the 16th-best defensive tackle and 183rd-best prospect in America. He is also the No. 27 recruit from the stacked state of Florida.
While those are certainly elite rankings, you could argue that the Atlantic Community High School superstar deserves even higher accolades.
One reason is because he's tremendously versatile.
At 6'1.5", 302 pounds, the force in the middle is obviously an elite run-stopper. His ability to shed blocks with pure power and aggressive hands forces opponents to almost always send a second blocker his way.
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As a result, the holes for the running game are few and far between when Bryant is lining up on the defensive line.
But his value doesn't come close to stopping there.
According to ESPN's scouting report, the big man "displays a very good initial burst and is capable of disrupting plays by getting quick penetration."
In addition to being a nightmare for running backs, that type of quickness and burst off the line will help Bryant get pressure on the quarterback during passing downs, as well.
There is certainly a lot of potential for him to reach his high ceiling. The youngster has a unique blend of size, strength and quickness, and his future coaches should be in high spirits after receiving his commitment.
Every other interior offensive lineman in the conference, however, should not be.