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One of the top defensive tackles in the nation, Keith Bryant is planning to visit FAU this weekend.

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Bryant catching flak

One of the top defensive tackles in the nation, Delray Beach-Atlantic's Keith Bryant says other college coaches are calling him "dumb" for deciding to visit FAU. He doesn't care, though, and still plans to visit.

Originally published on 1/29/2013

by Chuck King

Coveted defensive tackle Keith Bryant's decision to visit FAU this weekend hasn't drawn much approval from other college football coaches and friends.

“People are calling me dumb. [They say] why waste a visit on them?” Bryant says he keeps hearing without naming the perpetrators.

The criticism hasn't changed the Delray-Beach Atlantic star's decision, though. Bryant says he plans to visit FAU on Friday, though plans are still being finalized.

Should the visit happen as planned, Bryant would be the highest-rated recruit to visit FAU in the program's brief history. ESPN ranks Bryant as the 14th best defensive tackle in the nation. He originally committed to Miami, but many now believe Florida St. is the frontrunner for Bryant's services.

Bryant, who recently participated in the U.S. Army All-American game, rejects the notion that he is visiting FAU as a lark.

“They are a good program,” said Bryant, who is battling a cold after his visit to South Carolina this past weekend. “There's interest in FAU, of course. Anything can happen. All doors are open.”

Bryant likes the fact that FAU is only a 10 minute drive from his home, which would allow him to remain close to his young daughter. And it's likely that Atlantic teammate Todney Evans will also make an official visit to Owls with Bryant.

A defensive end, Evans reportedly already holds offers from Western Michigan, Middle Tennessee and Kent St., but has yet to be offered by the Owls.

“We're best friends,” Bryant said. “He's a good player.”

Bryant is expecting visits from Miami, FSU and South Carolina coaches this week before making the short trip to Boca Raton.

He insists that FAU belongs in that recruiting circle.

“I don't let all the stars get to my head. College is college. That's D-I ball,” Bryant said. “A lot of guys are wishing they had FAU.”

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