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Peachtree Ridge's Bryant chooses LSU
Rising senior becomes third D-I commit in Lions' secondary

Safe to say that there probably isn't a better high school secondary in the state than the one that will be taking the field for Peachtree Ridge this season.

Two rising seniors in the defensive backfield had already committed to major Division I-A programs.

On Wednesday that number rose to three as Derrick Bryant chose to continue his football career at LSU.

Bryant joins recent transfer Cameron Demps (Virginia Tech) and Brandon Sanders (Ole Miss) as high-level D-I commitments in the Lions' secondary.

"When I went up there and visited, I knew then that LSU was the place for me," Bryant told Scout.com on Wednesday.

Bryant, a 5-foot-11, 183-pound physical specimen, chose the Tigers over Ohio State, Alabama, Auburn and Virginia Tech among others. And he said his visit to Baton Rouge really opened his eyes as to why the program continually fields such strong teams.

"They have one of the best defenses and best secondaries in the country for a reason," he said. "They work hard and believe in one another. The amount of time they put into everything from film to drills just blew me away."

Bryant had 12 pass breakups and more than 70 tackles last season in helping lead the Lions to the Class AAAAA co-state championship. And as his high school season officially began on Wednesday with the first day of fall practice, Bryant said he couldn't help but look ahead until 2008, when he arrives in Baton Rouge.

"I feel great, and I'm glad to be an LSU Tiger," he said. "The time can't get here fast enough for me to be at LSU."