Keith Bryant: Florida State Wins Big by Snagging DT from Rival Miami

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IFebruary 6, 2013

Photo Credit: 247Sports
Photo Credit: 247Sports

Florida State made a nice late push with their 2013 recruiting class on national signing day, and landing Keith Bryant was a big part of that. 

Josh Edwards of 247Sports reported the news.

This was a nice signing based on Bryant's talent alone (more on that in a minute), but this was also key as Bryant had previously verbally committed to the Miami Hurricanes. 

These two schools are often going after the same players. In fact, as ESPN's Andrea Adelson reports, Bryant was the fourth guy of this class to wind up choosing between the two. 

With Bryant choosing Florida State over Miami, the four are split down the middle with two headed to Florida State and two to Miami.

Bryant's recruiting process received a lot of press, and he very publicly chose the Seminoles, as his decision was aired on live TV.  

Check out the sense of excitement and relief from inside the Seminoles war room when Bryant makes his announcement (via

This wasn't just a symbolic victory; it's going to be a very tangible one. Bryant is going to offer a big presence on the interior of the line. 

According to 247 Sports' composite rankings, Bryant is the 16th-best defensive tackle in this class. As Adelson points out, ESPN has him ranked even higher at No. 14. 

At 6'1", 302 pounds, Bryant has the body to clog up the middle of the line, but he is not just a guy that will occupy blockers. Bryant gets off the ball very well, and he knows how to use his hands. 

He will find ways to penetrate into the opposition's backfield and disrupt them in the run and pass game. 

Bryant's selection is going to be a boost to the Seminoles on the field and in future recruiting situations.