Serderius Bryant is a hitter. College football scouts know that.
What he's not is tall. Serderius Bryant knows that.
But that doesn't stop him from having his eyes set on playing outside linebacker at the next level. So when Mississippi came at him with an offer on Wednesday, the 5-foot-10, 200-pounder from Sanford Seminole High jumped on it.
"Ole Miss is one of the school's I've wanted to go to for a long time," said Bryant, the No. 8-ranked player in the Sentinel's Central Florida Super60 for 2011. "And as I was talking to the coach (defensive line coach Terry Price) he was talking about how, 'We don't care about height. If you're a ball player, you're a ballplayer.' He said he don't care if kid is 4 feet tall, if he can hit a kid who is 6-10 and he's a ballplayer, then that's all he needs to know."
Bryant, who is rarely not around the ball and had 154 tackles as a junior, is the second Seminole player to receive an Ole Miss offer this week as DB/K Eric Farkas also was offered.
Bryant, who did say his commitment was a soft pledge, was just talking on Sunday about how he didn't see why coaches put so much emphasis on height when he knows another inch or two in growth isn't necessarily going to make him that much of a different player.
"Other schools have said that if I grew another inch or two then maybe they would offer me ... but Ole Miss, they say there ain't nothing wrong with being short," Bryant said. "I looked up and down their roster and they have one linebacker who is 5-8 and another who is 5-9, and he's a starter. So I thought that was pretty good. They already play short players."
Bryant, who is the 35th-ranked player in the Sentinel's 2011 Florida Top 100 by Bill Buchalter, also has an offer from UCF and many figured he was a strong lean to the hometown Knights, who will not give up on Bryant even though he's committed.
"I know they will still be recruiting," Bryant said. "But this school just fits me. I feel kind of relieved so now I can just do my work and get the grades up and get everything ready for next year instead of concentrate on what school I'm going to go to.
"I know I'll have other schools coming at me, but this is my decision now and I think I made a good one."
Chris Hays is the Sentinel's recruiting coordinator and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.