In an interview with Chris Carlson of Syracuse.com, the mother of top 2015 target Thomas Bryant updated his recruitment with some very choice words about the IU program. While it has been no secret that Linda Bryant is openly lobbying her son to stay close to home at Syracuse for his college choice, she opened up about both of the Bryants' reservations about Indiana, the only other school she says her son is seriously considering.
"Really it's down to two," Linda Bryant said. "Syracuse and Indiana. And it might be down to one soon. Thomas has always told me that Syracuse was the leader."
As for Indiana, Bryant said she and her son have been turned off by the Hoosiers' recent spate of bad news, issues that have included failed drug tests and underage drinking. Six of Indiana's 13 scholarship players have been implicated in one or the other over the past year.
"They have a lot going on," Linda said. "It seems like we went down there under false pretenses. They didn't tell us anything about failed drug tests or that type of thing going on. My son doesn't need to be around that stuff."
Obviously, this is not good news for the Hoosier faithful, as the consequences of the current state of affairs surrounding the program begins to show itself. As with any recruiting news, though, everything needs to be taken with a grain of salt. The fact that these words are coming from Bryant's mother, with whom he is apparently very close, is not encouraging.