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Texas adds McCallum pitcher Mason Bryant to its 2018 recruiting class

Posted June 29th, 2017

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Texas has discovered a promising baseball prospect in its backyard.

Late last week, UT received a commitment from right-handed pitcher Mason Bryant, a 6-5 senior-to-be at McCallum High School. That’s the same area school that produced former Longhorns standouts Kyle and Kevin Lusson.

Bryant has been on McCallum’s varsity roster since his freshman year, but has not been showcased much on the mound. The Knights relied on Jesse Reed and Eric Worden’s all-district arms this spring, so Bryant was primarily an outfielder who hit all three of McCallum’s home runs.

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Bryant pitched only 20 innings in 2017. He went 3-0 with 25 strikeouts, 13 walks and a 2.45 ERA.

Bryant’s father, Ross, said his son’s work with former major-league pitcher Brandon Puffer this offseason has “helped focus a few things for him, I think.” While throwing in McKinney earlier this month, Bryant hit 94 miles per hour on the radar gun.

Bryant’s recruitment heated up after that pitch. Incarnate Word and BYU quickly offered scholarships, Oklahoma expressed interest and Bryant heard from Arkansas, TCU and Texas State. Last week, Texas extended a scholarship offer after attending one of Bryant’s club practices.

This weekend, Bryant will join future UT teammate Simeon Richardson — a pitcher out of Kempner High in Sugar Land — at USA Baseball’s Tournament of Stars.

LBJ’s Jaylon Joiner tackles McCallum’s Mason Bryant at House Park on Thursday, October 8, 2015. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Bryant was an all-district wide receiver for McCallum’s football team in 2015. He missed playing time in 2016 with a leg injury, but District 25-5A coaches still honored his work as a punter. Last spring, Bryant scored the game-winning run in a playoff game against Cedar Park.

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