By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
WHITLEY COUNTY — Whitley County senior Boston Bryant joined high school football players across the Commonwealth and across the nation this week, signing his national letter of intent to play football at the collegiate level on Thursday.
The next time Bryant puts on a football uniform, it will be for the Wofford University Terriers, where he said he expects to play defensive end and could see playing time as early as his freshman year.
Bryant said ever since his first memories of playing football as a youngster, playing football at the collegiate level has always been his goal.
“My earliest memories were as a little kid at Poplar Creek Elementary hanging out on the football field with my dad,” Bryant said. “It’s always been one of my goals to play college football and something I’ve worked really hard for.
“I owe everything to my dad and my coaches, Coach Black and all of our coaches have made me the man I am today and I couldn’t be doing this today without all of them,” he added.
Bryant’s impact on the Whitley County football program is one that will be felt for years to come, especially in the record books.
He was a four-year starter for the Colonels and shined on both sides of the football.
This season Bryant recorded 105 tackles at linebacker and ran for 859 yards with 12 touchdowns at fullback to earn honorable mention All-State honors.
During his junior season, he had 145 tackles on defense, while rushing for 1,512 yards and 12 touchdowns as he was named second team All-State.
He also holds school records for tackles in a game with 28, tackles in a season with 208 as a sophomore, and tackles in a career with 580.
Whitley County head coach Jim Black said Bryant is one of those players will be sorely missed on and off the field and added that replacing him was probably not an option.
“We’re very proud of Boston for what he’s done here and something that sticks out to me is his work ethic,” Black said. “He’s one of those kids that was always there whether it was practice or anything else we were doing, and not only was there, but when he was there he was always working extremely hard.
“I really don’t want to think about having to replace him right now,” Black admitted. “To be honest, he’s the kind of kid where the only way you’re going to replace him is if another Boston Bryant comes walking in the door and that doesn’t happen that often.”
As for Bryant’s decision, he said he had several offers on the table, but the school’s relationship with Wofford helped to sway his decision in the long run.
“I was also looking at Eastern and Western Kentucky, but we’ve went to Wofford for our camp for the last few years and I really liked the coaches,” Bryant said. “I always got along with the coaches really well, so when I looked at their academics also it was a pretty easy decision for me.”