Former high school All-American James Bryant announced Monday that he plans to transfer from Miami to Louisville.
The 6-foot-3, 250-pound linebacker/fullback will sit out this year and then play his senior season in 2008.
Tom Lemming's No. 24 overall prospect and No. 2 linebacker in the class of 2003, Bryant struggled to find playing time at Miami where he was used mostly on special teams and as a backup to starting fullback Quadtrine Hill. Last season Bryant attempted to make the move back to linebacker, but he was eventually moved back to his familiar spot at number two on the fullback depth chart, and caught three passes for 26 yards and two touchdowns.
Bryant becomes the second former high-profile Miami recruit to transfer to Louisville in the past 12 months, joining Willie Williams who will play linebacker for the Cards this season.
He also comes with some of the same baggage.
Bryant was one of four players suspended for UM's 2006 season-opener against Florida State, and was one of many suspended after the infamous brawl with Florida International last season. He was the one who caught the touchdown pass and bowed to the crowd moments before the brawl started after the extra point try.
Like I mentioned earlier, Bryant only has one year of eligibility and the fact that he is choosing to spend it in Cardinal red says to me that someone has told him he can play linebacker here. As for the character issues, I suppose the Nate Harris example is as relevant this summer as it was last summer when the Willie Williams talk started. As with WWII, Bryant should be welcomed with open arms and a leash designed for a miniature poodle.