June 30, 2022
"Changing Lives, Improving Communities"

DITR: Bryant Merriwether Jr.

Bryant Merriwether is a class of 2023 corner and safety for Rosepine High School in Rosepine, LA. He is 6’0 and weighs 194 pounds. He maintains a good GPA of 3.1. Bryant has played at wide receiver, but has moved to playing corner and safety. He says, “Sophomore year I played receiver. This was my first year as a defensive back and I see a bright future at this position”. Having played on offense and defense, Bryant has a great understanding of both sides of the ball using that to his advantage. Some of his achievements include 1st Team All-District his sophomore year, All-State honorable mention, 2nd Team All-District for DB, All Vernon Parish, and outstanding receiver. Bryant says his biggest support system is his mom and his family. He also says his experience affects him on and off the field and growing into a young man. He wants to be a great influence on his brothers and pushes them to better than him.

WATCH BRYAN’TS HUDL HERE!

Tell me a little bit about yourself.

B: I’m originally from Jacksonville FL. I moved here 4 years ago. I like watching YouTube, love playing football and love hanging out with family and friends.

Can you tell me what made you play football?

B: Funny story, I was a basketball player at first, but my mom said I was too soft. Once I started playing more and understanding it more I fell in love with it.

Can you give me some insight of what is going through your mind before a game?

B: I laugh and joke. Then I get serious and I read a prayer my mom typed me up for every game. I watch the other team’s HUDL and jam out to my music.

What is something you’ve learned in football that you’ve been able to apply in everyday life?

B: Hard work beats talent.

What is an academic and athletic goal you have set for this year?

B: Academic goal, I want to increase my GPA to a 3.5. An athletic goal I have is to win a ring and get at least 6 interceptions and PBUs and don’t give up a single touchdown. I also want to work on improving my upper body strength. I run a 4.7 40-yard dash, but I want to improve that to a 4.6 by the end of this summer.

What is something that keeps you motivated?

B: My family.

What are you most excited for when you think about your future in football?

B: I’m most excited to go to the next level.

What do you want people to know about you? In everyday life or as an athlete?

B: One, I’m a great person to be around and I love working behind the scenes. Don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t do anything and don’t worry about the next man. You have to better yourself and not worry about the person next to you.


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