Land of 10 has embarked on a series of Next Generation articles, a project that aims to bring our readers greater insight into the Class of 2017 signees. Land of 10 Iowa writers Scott Dochterman and Bobby La Gesse are visiting the Iowa incoming freshman class to show you more than its 40-yard dash times and recruiting rankings. We talked with 3-star RB Kyshaun Bryan, but before we bring you the full profile on the St. Thomas Aquinas High School (Fla.) star, here is a sneak peek at what you can expect.
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. — When Kyshaun Bryan visited Iowa for the spring football game one item sat on his bucket list.
He wanted to chat with running back Akrum Wadley.
Bryan got more than just a quick hello with Iowa’s offensive star. The two met for nearly four hours as Wadley passed on the crib notes version of how to obtain college football success.
“He told me what’s going to happen and what it takes,” Bryan, a running back signee, said. “It meant a lot to me that he talked.”
Bryan started watching Wadley’s film shortly after he committed to Iowa. He came away impressed with the All-Big Ten back who rushed for 1,096 yards and 10 touchdowns last season.
“He’s shifty,” Bryan said. “He sees the hole and he can read really well. I would like to learn how he does it and how he learned to read the play at the college level.”
For Bryan, a 3-star 247Sports Composite ranking prospect, his April trip was the ideal time to pick his future teammate’s brain. Wadley was limited in the spring following knee surgery and didn’t take a handoff in the spring game.
Bryan hoped to get Wadley’s full attention for a few minutes. He ended up getting more than that. It helped that Bryan spent most of the trip with incoming wide receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette, who roomed with Wadley that weekend.
He peppered Wadley with questions, taking mental notes as Wadley detailed the keys to playing for the Hawkeyes.
“You got to be coachable,” Bryan said. “You can’t get on the coach’s nerves because everything they are telling you is the truth and you can’t just block it out. You have to go in there. They are going to give you the opportunity to come in there and compete. It’s on you to go in there and do what you have to do to show your talents.”
Wadley reminded him it’s on the player to make the most of his situation. Bryan certainly did that in high school. He played on two state titles teams for American Heritage High School (Fla.) as a freshman and sophomore. He rushed for 323 yards to clinch the championship as a sophomore.
Bryan rushed for 1,471 yards and 14 touchdowns as a sophomore and junior before transferring to St. Thomas Aquinas High School (Fla.) for his senior year. He gained 737 yards and 7 touchdowns while winning another high school state title.
Talent is needed, but Wadley emphasized work ethic and making the right decisions are as important as playmaking ability.
“He made sure to tell me don’t let the college life get to you when you arrive,” Bryan said. “Remember the reason you came here for.”
Bryan learned from running back Sony Michel, now a Georgia back, as a high school freshman. It helped him become the back he is.
He’s set to do the same from Wadley. His family hopes learning from Wadley can turn him into the college playmaker he wants to become.
“I am a big believer in Kyshaun learning from someone,” his dad, Everton Bryan, said. “Someone that is already there and knows the plan and can guide him. It’s like a mentor situation. I think everyone needs that, especially a kid coming out of high school, going into a situation that he’s never been in before.”
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