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Back in June, Nebraska hosted a big visit weekend when it hosted seven official visitors. One of those visitors was 3-star (HV Rating: 84.3) linebacker Choe Bryant-Strother from Norcross, Georgia. It’s been a while since his visit but Bryant-Strother has emerged as a key 2020 target and getting his thoughts when the excitement has worn off could provide good clarity.
I asked the Greater Atlanta Christian standout about his expectations heading into the visit and what his overall thoughts were afterwards.
“Well, I knew the history of Nebraska and how great it is as a football school”, he explained. “I know Coach Frost’s history too. I knew the visit would be amazing but honestly, they blew it out of the water for me. It was way more than I expected.”
The things that specifically jumped out to Bryant-Strother was just how well Nebraska takes care of its players with the different programs put in place. He remarked that the sports-specific science within the football building isn’t something he has seen at other schools. Bryant-Strother’s mom came with him on the trip. He could tell that she liked the trip because typically she is more observant but the visit to Lincoln caught her attention.
Standing at 6-foot-3, 240-pounds, Bryant-Strother has the size and athleticism to play either inside or outside linebacker in the Huskers’ scheme. So, what have the conversations been like with the coaches about a future position?
“They actually used the team ‘four-tool player’ with me,” he said. “They think I can play all four linebacker positions, whichever is needed at the time. Basically, I could help the team wherever they need and I perform the best at.”
The Huskers group recruiting strategy is in full effect with the Georgia standout. He said that he talks to Coach Dewitt, Coach Beckton, Coach Ruud and Coach Frost a lot. So far, he has a good relationship with the staff.
“I love the staff”, Bryant-Strother said. “I feel like it’s a good genuine vibe. Everyone is genuine. I didn’t feel any egos while I was there. Everyone was down to Earth.”
He didn’t want to name specific schools but said he is down to four or five schools right now. The biggest thing he is looking for moving forward is which school has the best fit and culture for him moving forward. One other thing that he picked up on was the bond within the team.
“That was another thing about the visit, all the players I could tell were cool with each other,” he said. “All the kids that were already there plus the ones coming in were just bonding. Everyone was cool with each other.”
If his schedule allows, Bryant-Strother would like to come back to Lincoln this fall for a game. He’s definitely a prospect to keep an eye on through the season.
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Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.