Bryant will be signing with the Panthers at around 1:30 p.m. EST on the first day of the Early Signing Period.
“I’m locked into FIU and I plan to enroll in January,” Bryant told 305 Sports.
Bryant’s senior season at Gateway High School has already come to an end. The 6-foot, 175-pounder committed to FIU as a cornerback, but took primary reps on offense this season. He recorded 800 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns on 99 carries in five games this season for the 3-5 Panthers. He also registered 15 receptions for 271 yards and a touchdown.
On defense, he notched eight total tackles and a pass deflection in 2020, which is a drastic change from his junior campaign, in which he garnered 61 total tackles, 10 pass deflections and four interceptions.
“My junior year I focused more on the defensive side of the ball at safety and corner because there was a senior running back last year,” Bryant said. “My team is a primary running team so he was getting most of touches, so I knew this year that I would be the dude offensively and I have just taken advantage of every touch I get and every game I play.”
Bryant dislocated his right shoulder in the second game of the season, but it didn’t take long for him to dominate on the field once again. His best outing came versus Liberty High on December 4, as he totaled 216 rushing yards and six touchdowns on 24 carries while adding 101 receiving yards.
Bryant, who is ranked as a three-star prospect and the nation’s No. 203 cornerback, is open to playing on both sides of the ball, but said that talks with the Panthers are about him playing cornerback.
“I primarily talks to coach Bryn Renner and coach Jerod Cruse and we’ve discussed me playing corner,” Bryant said. “But I’m always open to play on offense if that’s where I’m needed.
Bryant, who has clocked a 4.48 in the 40-yard dash, is FIU’s only cornerback commit for the class of 2021. And he’s ready to get to work.
“The goal is to graduate and once I get my opportunity on the field, I have to take advantage,” he said. “I just want to get better and take my game to the next level with hard work and dedication to my craft.”