By LARRY VAUGHT
Frederick Douglas junior defensive back Ty Bryant doesn’t need a history lesson when it comes to University of Kentucky football because his father, Cisco Bryant, was a receiver at Kentucky from 1983-85.
The 6-0, 175-pound defensive back admits the UK offer is very attractive because his father went to school there and a lot of people connected with the UK program still know him. But he’s also seen the rise in popularity in UK football in recent years under coach Mark Stoops.
Recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow and secondary coach Steve Clinkscale are both recruiting Bryant.
“He’s a really good open field tackler,” Frederick Douglas coach Nathan McPeek said. “But not only is he a really good athlete but he’s a really good person who works very, very hard to get better.
“We are getting a lot of phone calls (from college coaches) about him. A lot of high level schools are evaluating him. He’s got plenty of schools that love him, including some top echelon teams.”
In addition to Kentucky, Bryant — the state’s second ranked player in the 2022 recruiting class — has offers from West Virginia, Tennessee, Maryland, Marshall, Cincinnati and Dartmouth.
One reason college coaches like Ty Bryant is his speed. McPeek says he’s not exactly sure of what his 40-yard dash time would be but estimates it would be 4.5 or better.
“He is really fast. He has good hips and flexibility that college coaches look for,” McPeek said. “They also like that he is a very sure tackler.
“We really have not used him offensively the last two year but he could be a good wideout, too, because he has really good hands. I think he’ll play a lot bigger role this year for us because he’s such a talent that you have to find ways to use him more.”