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FOOTBALL RECRUITING: 2017 DT Bryce Brand making a name for himself with Louisville offer

By: Branden Hunter, April 3, 2014, 11:10 pm

DETROIT – UofD Jesuit defensive tackle Bryce Brand joined some very elite company on Thursday, becoming just the second freshman in the state of Michigan to receive an offer. The other is Orchard Lake St.Mary’s linebacker Josh Ross, who has offers from Michigan State, Michigan, and Oklahoma.

Brand doesn’t have those big-time offers just yet, but that may change now that Louisville has offered. 

"It’s a great honor too be in such a category," he said. "Josh Ross is a tremendous athlete and has earned everything he’s gotten, as have I. I look forward to playing against him next year."

Louisville offering a kid in
Michigan is kind of unusual, but Brand has the potential to be special at 6-foot-1, 260-pounds already. He played on varsity this past season and receiving an offer was the icing on the cake for his freshman year.

"The feeling is more than I can explain," he said. "Its such a relief to know that somebody recognizes all the hard work I’ve been putting in."

Brand obviously hasn’t spoken to any college coaches just yet, but said his dad had been in contact with cornerbacks coach Terrell Buckley. 

"They had a chance too look at my on field and off season training and decided too offer me," he said. "I think their program is solid and they will continue to be successful."

The Cubs have some success of their own in 2013, reaching the state playoffs for the first time since 2001. They would eventually bow out to Brother Rice the following week, but memories and opportunities Brand had were irreplaceable.

"It was one of the best football experiences I’ve had so far," he said. "I played with a great group of guys and my coach did a great job of making feel right at home on varsity."

Junior Ryan Brand is UofD Jesuit’s starting quarterback and just happens to be Bryce’s older brother. Being able to play high school football with your brother doesn’t happen that often and Bryce said Ryan has been a major influence on career so far.

"It was the best experience of my life my," he said. "My brother has been leading me since before I can remember and I know for a fact that he’s the hardest worker there is. He’s a prime example of a student athlete and any college that gets him will be beyond satisfied couldn’t ask for anything better."

The Younger Brand has also garnered attention from Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, and Bowling Green. Now that he has received his first offer, don’t be surprised if another one comes before the week is over.

It’s still early in the process for Brand, but the future looks bright for him and the Cardinals could possibly be a team to beat for his services down the line.

"Your first offer is always special so, of course I will treasure it," Brand said. "I’m just looking forward to the rest of the recruiting process and as I keep working, I would like too continue to get recognized and receive as many offers as possible, so this feeling I have right now will not be foreign to me."