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Signee Breakdown: Davarez Bryant

Feb. 18, 2013

The latest recruit in our individual breakdown on each of Florida State’s 2013 signees is likely the one student-athlete that fans known the least about.

Brandon Mellor
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Davarez Bryant’s name popped up in recruiting news in late January but FSU’s coaches were aware of the upside and potential of the New Smyrna Beach High School two-sport star through what they had seemed in limited action from the Centra Florida big man. So why didn’t everyone else know about the 6-foot-4, 240-pound defensive end?

He was too busy playing basketball.

[Video: Bryant’s official highlight reel]

Like Menelik Watson in last year’s class, Bryant’s football experience is limited. He will come to Tallahassee with just 10 games of experience because he spent the majority of his high school career making plays for the Barracudas basketball team. 

Despite his lack of experience on the gridiron, Fisher and his staff saw enough in Bryant to offer a scholarship.

“You watch him on film, the thing that impressed me the most — not just his athleticism — but for a guy who’d never been around football, naturally put his face on guys, took blocks on, blocked the heck out of them, used his [hands],” Fisher said. “It came so naturally, it looked like the guy had been playing his whole life and the guy’s only played one year and he’s very athletic and can run.”

Added Fisher: “You’re talking about a guy on film who never even went through two-a-days. I loved the first three games he played. We wanted to keep watching him and we did. He’s a guy that we kept on there. That guy’s upside is unbelievable.”

At FSU, Bryant will learn from the ground up under the tutelage of defensive ends coach Sal Sunseri, who has experience producing elite pass rushers at both the collegiate and professional level. 

Davarez Bryant wasn’t rated very highly as a senior because he hadn’t played football prior to the 2012 season.

Sunseri in turn will get a prospect to mold that hasn’t yet full grasped exactly what he can do on the football field. A 15-points-per-game scorer in basketball that, according to Fisher, can perform 360-dunks, Bryant’s potential is limitless.

His quickness, his speed, his athleticism, his ability to drive inside or outside to make plays is going to make this kid a whole heck of a lot of money some day because he’s very, very special,” Sunseri said. More importantly, he’s a fine, fine human being. He’s so happy to be a part of Florida State it’s unbelievable. 

“I can’t wait to coach this guy because his [best] football to me is really ahead of him.”

Bryant, who registered 35 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and four sacks according to 247Sports.com as as a senior, took an official visit to Florida State Feb. 1 and publicly committed five days later when he signed his letter of intent. He had taken two other official visits during in the fall of 2012, to Purdue and Iowa State.

Previous Signee Breakdowns:

Feb. 7 – Jeremy Kerr

Feb. 8 – Tyrell Lyons

Feb. 11 – Levonte whitfield

Feb. 12 – Marquez White

Feb. 13 – Ryan Hoefeld 

Feb. 14 – Nate Andrews 

Feb. 15 – Wilson Bell

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