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The Suburbanite
  • Green’s Brant commits to Wayne State football

  • Green senior receiver/defensive back Ron Brant will be keeping it in the family starting this fall.

    On National Signing Day, Brant signed his letter of intent to play football at Division II power Wayne State in Detroit.

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  • Green senior receiver/defensive back Ron Brant will be keeping it in the family starting this fall.
    On National Signing Day, Brant signed his letter of intent to play football at Division II power Wayne State in Detroit.
    Brant will be lining up for the same coach, former University of Akron assistant coach Paul Winters, who helped recruit his father, Ron Brant Sr., to UA in 1981. Winters' connection to his family and to his current players was a major factor in Brant’s decision to attend Wayne State.
    “The fact that he coached my dad in college was big,” Brant said. “Also, when we walked around the campus there, a lot of the football players came up to him and wanted to talk to him and be around him. You could tell they really liked playing for him a lot.”
    Brant also likes the idea of playing for a successful program and that he will be away from home without going thousands of miles away. The Warriors were the Division II runner-up in the 2011 season and their success made Winters a candidate for UA’s then-vacant head coaching position that ultimately went to current head coach Terry Bowden. Winters withdrew from consideration, electing to remain at Wayne State and with the program he has built over the past nine seasons.
    Brant said the Wayne State coaching staff told him he could see time on either side of the ball, and Green football coach Ed Cybak concurred when he spoke to the assembled crowd of Brant's family, including his father and his mother Becky, friends, teachers and coaches who attended the signing.
    “He will fit in very well there as a hard-hitting safety or linebacker type and could play right away as a long snapper,” Cybak said. “For us, he was a captain and always first into the charge of battle, and we really counted on that.”
    Cybak, along with members of the varsity baseball coaching staff, praised Brant’s hard-working approach to his sports and his role as a leader both on and off the field.
    Athletic director Bruce Johnson, in his first year at the school, praised Brant for reaching out to him as he transitioned into his new role.
    “You’re a good leader and you've definitely become one of my favorites here,” Johnson said.
    When asked what he would draw from his experiences at Green to help make him successful at the collegiate level, Brant pointed to the mental side of the game that his coaches have helped develop through his four years at the school.
    “Definitely the leadership and being coachable, being willing to be taught and able to adjust to changes in the coaching staff or deal with losses will be a help,” he said.