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Bryant hopes to attract D-I interest at Highland CC

Posted: March 1, 2018 1:21 p.m.
Updated: March 2, 2018 1:00 a.m.

L-E’S AHMAD BRYANT SIGNED a National Letter of Intent to continue his academic and football-playing pursuits at Highland Community College while flanked by his mother, Rashema Young, and his grandmother, Judith Hammond. Standing, from left, are L-E assistant principal Jeff Carraway, Bryant’s brother, Nasir Bryant, his grandfather, Clarence Hammond, and Demons’ head football coach Matt Campbell.

Ahmad Bryant is hoping that a second chance will be enough to make a good first impression on Division I football programs.

Bryant, a three-year starter at defensive end at Lugoff-Elgin, signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his academic and football-playing pursuits at Highland Community College in Kansas.

A 6-foot-3, 235-pound senior, Bryant concluded his Demons’ career by registering 75 tackles (19 solos) while leading the team in both sacks (5), tackles for loss (14) and tying for the most fumble recoveries on the squad with a pair during L-E’s 7-5 2107 campaign which ended in the second round of the 4A Lower State playoffs.

Bryant’s numbers from last fall could have been even more impressive had it not been for nagging injuries which forces him to miss parts of or, entire games.

Bryant said he hopes playing two seasons for the Scotties in the rugged Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference will lead to bigger and better things on the gridiron.

“That’s my plan,” he said, “to go there for two years, get my grades up and go to a D-I school.”

The Scotties listed 13 players from South Carolina on their 2017 roster and head coach Aaron Arnold’s program will welcome several more from the Palmetto State, Bryant included, for the 2018 campaign. Arnold, Bryant said, was a major factor in his commitment and, eventual signing, with HCC.

 “I felt like the coach was very sincere and that he wanted me,” Bryant said. “I felt that if I go there, I would get my head straight and do good things from there on out.”

As a junior, Bryant rang up 102 tackles (50 solos) with 15 tackles behind the line of scrimmage while leading Matt Campbell’s squad with a dozen quarterback hurries while tying for the team lead with five sacks.

Campbell, who will enter his fourth season along the L-E sidelines in 2018, said the best is yet to come for Bryant.

“I think Ahmad’s ceiling is very high,” Campbell said. “He is very athletic, very strong and very quick. I don’t think he understands how good of a player he can really be. Unfortunately, he wasn’t where he needed to be academically. He has a great opportunity at Highland Community College to go out there and reinvent himself and become a great player, do well in school and hit the open market again in two years.”

During the recruiting process, HCC coaches told Bryant that they plan on playing him as a stand-up defensive end. That, he said, suits him fine.

 “The way I play the game is very fast. I move a lot so stand-up defensive end will be great for me,” he said.

When asked what weight the Scotties’ coaching staff wants him at when he reports to training camp in the summer, Bryant said the goal is for him to tip the scales at 240 pounds. “I’m at 235 right now so I’m pretty good there,” he said with a smile.

During the months leading up to his arrival in the Kansas plains, Bryant said he will concentrate on continuing to improve with his footwork and with his hands in order to shed college offensive linemen. He said he feels he will be able to get used to the speed of the college game fairly quickly.

“I probably won’t be used to it now but, as soon as I get there I am going to pick up the pace and everything else and fit along with the players there,” he said.

Bryant said he hopes to be a role model for his teammates at Highland. He said he prides himself in being someone who is there when another player needs a helping hand. 

 “It might be weird but my favorite part of the game is actually helping others; giving them advice on where to be and helping them to be great,” he answered when the question was posed to him.

While many a high school senior battles a case of nerves in making the jump to play at the collegiate level, Ahmad Bryant said he is ready for whatever college life and college football throws at him. “I won’t say it will be a challenge because I like to compete against other guys,” he said of the move to the next level. “I feel like this will be a way for me of getting stronger so it won’t be a challenge.”

Campbell said, like any incoming freshmen, moving to the college game will be eye-opening for his former player. He quickly added, though, Ahmad Bryant has the tools and potential to be an impact player for years to come.

“He is very fast, very quick and very strong; those are some of his assets,” Campbell said. “What he needs to do is be a little more fundamentally sound. That’s true for most of kids coming from high school and their flaws. I think he’s going to go out there and become a big-time player.”


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