Top Target: LB James Bryant

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He has the talent, the ability, and the desire. He has a seek-and-destroy attitude, found in most great players at his position. He’s James Bryant , and he’s one of the nation’s top linebacker prospects.

Bryant plays for Reading High School, where he has been a mainstay at linebacker since his freshman season. As a junior, he made 132 tackles and had eight sacks, earning second team all-state honors. At 6-3, 240 pounds, he plays middle linebacker positions for Reading’s 4-3 defense.

“My strengths are my quickness, speed, agility, and power,” said Bryant, who runs a 4.55 in the 40. “I’m an all-out down and dirty type of player. I like to mix it up – if I’m not mixing it up, then it isn’t my type of game.”

Reading runs a 4-3 defense, and the athletic Bryant can play all three linebacker positions. He has even played some defensive end throughout his career. Regardless of where he plays, Bryant just loves to make the crushing hits.

“I love it when you make that perfect hit,” said Bryant. “It’s like winning a million dollars. It’s a hit that everyone can enjoy, and I love making the crowd happy.”

Bryant has made several college scouts happy no doubt in his camp ventures over the past two years. Following his sophomore campaign, he tripped down to Miami, Florida, for a football camp. Recently, he attended the Nike Camp in State College, PA.

He performed excellently at both combines, taking home defensive MVP honors for both.

“I told my coach when I went down to Miami as a sophomore, that I was coming back with some hardware,” said Bryant. “Those southeast boys think they have it when it comes to football… I wanted to show them that we have it up here in PA. My performance during that camp was a good boost for me for my junior season.

“I attended the Nike camp at Penn State recently, and won defensive MVP there as well. It was no pressure really for this one. After dealing with the competition down at the Miami camp last year, I had the confidence to just do my thing.”

One of the top five overall prospects in Pennsylvania, Bryant has drawn interest from many schools. He has official scholarship offers from Virginia, West Virginia, Pittsburgh (where his brother plays), Boston College, Rutgers, Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina, and LSU.

“I don’t have any favorites right now,” said Bryant. “I’m going to take some unofficial visits this summer, probably