Tuesday, January 26, 2010


CLEVELAND — Ohio State picked up another prized recruit on Tuesday, as Cleveland Glenville star defensive back Christian Bryant announced that he will be playing his college football for Jim Tressel and the Buckeyes next fall.

Bryant, a 5-11, 180-pound do-it-all athlete, chose to play at Ohio State over the likes of North Carolina, Notre Dame, Tennessee, West Virginia, Iowa, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Stanford.

The US Army All-American attributed his decision to his parents.

"I want to thank my mom and dad for being there the entire recruiting process. It had its ups and downs, but it was great," Bryant said Tuesday during a press conference at Glenville High School. "My mom and dad both played a big role in this.

"They just settled me down and talked me through it all."

Bryant helped lead the Tarblooders — the same school which produced former Buckeye stars' Troy Smith, Ted Ginn Jr. and Donte Whitner — to a state championship berth this past season.

Bryant registered 57 tackles and three interceptions as a senior cornerback, as well as throwing for 194 yards as a quarterback, 150 yards as a running back — including 100 yards and a touchdown against Huber Heights Wayne in September — and 150 yards as a pass catcher. He also did the kicking for Ted Ginn Sr. at Glenville this past season.

The Tarblooder standout said that Ohio State assistant coach Taver Johnson informed him that he will play cornerback at Ohio State.

The Buckeyes still have some blue-chip targets remaining on their radar before National Signing Day on February 3, including Minnesota offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson (the nation's No. 1 recruit), linebacker Jordan Hicks (Lakota West/West Chester) and offensive lineman Matt James (St. Xavier/Cincinnati).