"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
The recruiting process has been a long one for 4 Star Illinois OL Chris Bryant, and he's ready for it to be over with. Bryant makes his decision on Friday the 28th at 7:30pm at his high school in Chicago. I caught up with him to talk about the final hours, and what he'll be focusing on while making his decision for tomorrow. Here's a look at his film, then the interview.
TOM: Are you ready for all this to be over with yet?
CHRIS: Yeah, I mean it's stressful. It's been fun, but difficult so I'm almost ready.
TOM: What's it like today and tonight, the day before you make your decision?
CHRIS: Well, Coach Hoke came by the school today and then the Pitt coaches, Coach Graham and Calvin Magee are coming by later tonight. After that I'm just going to check over all the places I've been, the trips I've taken, and sit down and think about it. I want to make sure that I'm comfortable, because I have to live there the next 4 to 5 years. In my mind, I know where I'm leaning, but I want to sleep on it and do my thing tomorrow.
TOM: When the coaches come by this late in the process what are they talking to you about? For instance, what was Coach Hoke saying today?
CHRIS: Going through this process it's just been about building the relationship. That relationship doesn't come over night, and today was just kind of a regular conversation. He was telling me how I fit in, and about their new type of offense. It was just us getting to know each other more.
TOM: You talk about building a relationship. In a short period of time, do you think you've done that with the new Michigan coaches? Do you feel comfortable with them?
CHRIS: Ever since the first day I met them we hit it off. He's a player's coach, and someone you like having a conversation with. I didn't have a hard time bonding with him. I feel comfortable with all these coaches, I wouldn't second guess playing for them.
TOM: What happens after all the coaches leave? Do you and your parents sit down and discuss everything, or are they letting you make the decision?
CHRIS: My parents are a big part of my decision. After the coaches leave we'll sit down and talk through everything, then just get ready for tomorrow.
TOM: How many hats will be on the table?
CHRIS: I'll have four. Arizona, Michigan, Pitt, and Illinois.
After this interview, it seems pretty likely he's blue. It almost seems like he's being polite to Pitt because of the coaches now there. It is nice to hear about Hoke being an easy guy for recruits to get along with
i think he is blue but i dont think the interview said anything of the sort.
the great thing going for us is that mcgee surely would have sold our program while here, and would surely come across as a hypocrite if he were to now try to say pitt is better, and i guess this is a natural filter to keep bryant for committing or not
He's going Blue! He looks to have been a Michigan lean for quite some time. I think it's really btwn Mich and Pitt, because of the familiarity with the previous Michigan assistants. In the end he'll be our 5-6th 4* (rivals/scout rankings).
Zona is fodder, Pitt isn't a serious player and UI isn't a team on the rise. It's gotta be UM. Didn't he already "silent" commit after his last visit when his parents felt so comfortable in A2 they decided to stay overnight?
True loyalty is that quality of service that grows under adversity and expands in defeat. Any street urchin can shout applause in victory, but it takes character to stand fast in defeat. One is noise the other, loyalty.
He is playing it a bit coy-and kids that age of course can be fickle. But I will be shocked if he doesn't choose us. He's a very good pick-up for the class. Bringing on 2-3 big OL who have project to be strong contibutors as upperclassmen has to be part of building our program going forward.
Thanks for the post Tom. It does sound good for U-M, but we'll see tomorrow. Reading his comments here and previously, he also sounds like a really good kid. But, he should be a real obstacle for opposing defenders to get past in the future. I hope we continue to go to Simeon H.S. down the road - they seem to produce a lot of good players.
"You owe it to every man, woman, and child in the State of Michigan to beat the Buckeyes and silence their fans! Now go out there and make it happen!"
... that scares me, is that he was being recruited by michigan before so he has to be familiar with calvin mcgee, but now mcgee is recruting him from pittsburg. I have to beleive arizona doesnt have much of a chance, he should go blue.
All bias aside, why would anyone pick Pitt over Michigan? Maybe if you grew up a Pitt fan, or your family lives really close by, but that's not the case for Chris. His family is closer to UM than Pittsburgh. Maybe if the depth chart at UM was tough but you saw early playing time at Pitt, but that's not the case here. I can't imagine Pitt's situation at OG is any worse than ours for an incoming player.
The Pitt coaches are probably just making their last plea....besides they always tell the athletes to choose the program not the coach, and i feel like this should be more relevant for the OL position because scheme isn't all the important to them as it would be to a RB or QB, so with that said he better go blue, if he goes to Pitt then hes making a bad choice... GO BLUE
For us landing him. Have to say I'm mighty impressed with the last-minute work Hoke and his staff have put in on this class. Still not an A-level class, like the ones we had yearly under Carr, but it helps stave off a looming disaster and bodes well for next year's full recruiting class.
When your team is winning, be ready to be tough, because winning can make you soft. On the other hand, when your team is losing, stick by them. Keep believing. -Bo
CHRIS: Ever since the first day I met them we hit it off.
I believe that's all you need to know.
I fully expect big Chris to be all blue tomorrow.
"the Spirit of Michigan...is based on a deathless loyalty to Michigan and all her ways....and a conviction that nowhere is there a better university, in any way, than this Michigan of ours" - Fielding Yost