May 30, 2012

Larenz Bryant to narrow list soon

Charlotte (N.C.) Vance linebacker Larenz Bryant is one of the top prospects in the state, and is ranked as the No. 4 inside linebacker and No. 56 rising-senior in the land.

The four-star player proved why he is so highly regarded this past weekend at the Shrine Bowl invitation-only combine, and updated his recruitment, which included a new leader from his more than twenty offers: Virginia.

"They have made a big impression on me, they send mail and are showing love right now," the 6-foot-1, 203-pounder said.

He told that his top four, in order, includes the Cavaliers followed by South Carolina, Florida and Clemson. However, he hasn't narrowed his list completely yet, although that will probably happen in the near future.

"Sometime real soon," he said of when he expects to cut the list of suitors down. "I'll sit down and talk to my mom about it.

"This decision is going to be hard."

NC State isn't out of the running for Bryant, yet, and the linebacker said that he recently spoke with the Wolfpack's head coach on the phone.

"Tom O'Brien called me the other day," he said. "I talk to Coach [Jim] Bridge, too, he's real good. He's a hype man. He sends me mail just about every day, hand-written letters. I call every school just about every week.

"It was real good to talk with Coach O'Brien. I did an interview on the Tom Lemming Show, and he did, too; that was my first time ever meeting him. That was pretty good."

The two-way prep standout has previously visited NC State for a junior day, and talked about what he thinks of the program.

"The junior day was real good," he remembered. "The atmosphere was good. The linebacker I walked with was a real good guy, so I know there's going to be good people there."

Bryant doesn't have any visits planned for the summer, but will attend a 7-on-7 competition with his team at Wake Forest.

"I'll pretty much just go where my team goes," he said. "For individual visits, I'll probably wait for officials during the school year. If anything, I'll probably go to Alabama or Virginia for a visit."

The highly sought after linebacker, who rushed for over 1,400 yards and totaled 144 tackles as a junior, doesn't expect to drag out his decision until Signing Day.

"Probably late December, early January," he said. "I'll probably take three or four official visits and make my decision then."

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