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Yes, in fact. Coby Bryant‘s parents were paying homage to Kobe Bryant when they named their son.
Now a senior at Glenville (Cleveland, Ohio), Bryant has become quite an athlete in his own right, though not on the court. He’s a 5-foot-11 cornerback most likely about to be committed to a Division I school in the near future.
Right now, Cincinnati has the edge. Bryant knows Bearcats coach Luke Fickell from his time at Ohio State, and two days after Fickell got hired by Cincinnati on Dec. 10, he extended an offer.
“I like Cincinnati the most right now,” Bryant said. “I like coach Fickell a lot. He’s a great coach. I know he’s gonna be a tremendous help to the Cincinnati program.”
Michigan State might jump in as well. Bryant first grabbed the Spartans’ attention when he camped there in June. Typically a safety for his high school, most programs have seen him as a CB at the next level.
Interest from MSU slowed a bit, then picked up about two months ago, Bryant said. He spoke with co-offensive coordinator Jim Bollman and defensive backs coach Harlon Barnett. Most recently, he spoke with Barnett about three weeks ago.
“Once he’d seen my film, (he said) he would get back to me and tell me what’s going on,” Bryant said. “He told me he liked the film.”
Bryant has yet to hear from Michigan State again, but given the Spartans’ need for defensive backs, it would make sense.
He plans to visit Cincinnati over the weekend of Jan. 13-15, but after that, his plans remain open. How would he feel about visiting Michigan State?
“I hope I can soon,” he said.
The decision won’t come down solely to how Bryant feels, but how his parents feel as well. His mom and dad have a good impression of Michigan State from when it recruited his brother, Cardinals safety Christian Bryant.
Michigan State has a good reputation in Cleveland, and particularly in the Bryant household.
On Nicholson’s departure
Michigan State’s secondary became even more of an issue when junior safety Montae Nicholson declared he would heading to the NFL draft.
Reps at safety will be up for grabs in 2017 with both Nicholson and Demetrious Cox exiting. The Spartans hope that either Naytron Culpepper or Emmanuel Flowers can join current commit Dominique Long to help fill the void.
Plans don’t change with Nicholson declaring. The staff has known about the decision for a while, and per a source, coach Mark Dantonio’s comments about the staff targeting four to seven more players still stands today.
Don’t look for the Spartans to ramp up the number of targets in the secondary in response to Nicholson’s announcement. Not much has changed.
New DE target for the Spartans?
Justin Harris described himself as “100% open for Recruiting” on Friday.
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— Justin Harris (@i_BallHard21) December 30, 2016
The 3-star East Ascension (Gonzales, Calif.) defensive end and former Central Florida commit announced he would be reopening his recruitment. And as you’ve probably heard, Michigan State plans to add to its defensive line.
The decision follows recent offers from Baylor and Purdue, and Michigan State has shown a bit of recent interest as well. Whether that turns into an offer remains to be seen.