A former school soccer star who claimed he was duped into going to the Atlanta Falcons’ rookie minicamp is getting an opportunity to showcase his abilities.
Juantarious Bryant, who performed collegiate soccer at Austin Peay, was invited to HUB Soccer’s Might 23 occasion. ESPN first reported Monday on Bryant’s invite.
Bryant, together with quarterbacks Shea Patterson and Alex Hornibrook and former Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall, is predicted to be on the San Diego showcase.
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HUB Soccer was created by sports activities agent Don Yee, who represents Tom Brady and co-founded the upstart Pacific Professional Soccer League.
“The Camp is the primary on-field developmental product designed particularly to assist propel avenue free agent skilled soccer gamers towards their subsequent skilled soccer vacation spot,” in line with the web site.
The previous Austin Peay defensive again revealed Saturday he was the sufferer of a hoax. He mentioned somebody posed as Falcons defensive coordinator Dean Pees and invited him to rookie minicamp in the course of the week. The provide was too good to be true.
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“I didn’t understand it was not a legit alternative till I traveled to the power for rookie minicamp test in on Wednesday, Might 12. It’s most positively probably the most embarrassing issues that has ever occurred to me and a really humbling expertise,” Bryant mentioned. “Simply wish to apologize to everybody within the Atlanta Falcons group for the mix-up. I actually thought it was a legit alternative on my finish.
“I have no idea or perceive why this occurred, however I do know that every thing occurs for a motive. Sure, this was heartbreaking for me, however simply one other stepping stone that I’m not afraid to confess or overcome. On the finish of the day, this won’t make or break me. I’ll nonetheless proceed to battle for my desires as a result of I do know it’s what I actually need. I’m nonetheless striving and nonetheless in one of the best form of my reside. When the chance presents itself, I shall be prepared.”
Bryant was initially a walk-on participant at Austin Peay and was redshirted his freshman yr.
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He turned his profession round and managed to make the First Workforce All-Ohio Valley Convention group in 2019. He had 242 tackles, eight passes defended, three pressured fumbles and an interception in 43 profession video games with the Governors.