Tennessee has a need for more speed and more receivers in their 2020 recruiting class. So they extended a scholarship offer to an electrifying receiver out of California on Monday to try and get both of those boxes checked.
Gary Bryant Jr. is a four-star wide receiver out of Corona, California. He plays for Centennial High School, and he tweeted out on Monday that he’s picked up an offer from the Vols.
— GB1 (@Gary_Bryant01) February 11, 2019
Per the 247Sports Composite rankings, Bryant is the No. 75 overall prospect and No. 17 wide receiver in the 2020 cycle. He already holds offers from USC, Stanford, Washington, Oregon, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Michigan, and Florida among other schools.
The 5-foot-10, 165-pound receiver participated in one of Nike’s Opening regional camps over the weekend, and he thoroughly impressed scouts in attendance. He was timed running a 4.46 40-yard dash and completed the shuttle in 4.19 seconds.
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That speed is shown off a lot in his highlight film, and it makes him a very dynamic play-maker on offense.
Bryant makes multiple plays on his highlight film where it looks like he’s going to be thrown for a loss or just a minimal gain, but he turns it into a touchdown or a huge gain. He has game-changing type of speed, and he can even make defenders who take correct angles to tackle him look silly. Bryant has great vision, and he just has a really good feel for where to go and how to get there. He’s smooth with the ball in his hands. He doesn’t run very many diverse routes, and he doesn’t have to be the most technically sound receiver on the field right now. So there’s a good chance that will have to be taught to him at the next level. But he already has a lot of the intangibles you can’t teach.
As a junior for Centennial, Bryant caught 40 passes for 905 yards and 11 touchdowns while also returning a punt for a score according to MaxPreps. He even intercepted two passes and broke up another on defense.
Tennessee currently has one receiver committed to them in their 2020 class, and that’s three-star Antonio Barber out of South Carolina. Because the Vols will be losing a number of receivers to graduation after the 2019 season, expect UT’s coaches to try and add a couple more receivers to their 2020 class.