AUBURN, Ala. — It’s been the burning question for months, but it remains for National Signing Day: What will 4-star defensive end Markaviest Bryant decide?
Bryant is highly coveted by Georgia, LSU and Auburn. Georgia — the in-state school — has been the perceived leader for a while, and Bryant even reaffirmed that himself prior to the most-recent contact period. LSU and Auburn have both made significant late charges for Bryant.
LSU has been Bryant’s lifelong dream school.
He grew up hoping to suit up for the Bayou Bengals, and Ed Orgeron and Dave Aranda have taken major measures to secure Bryant’s commitment. His Jan. 20 official visit to Baton Rouge received rave reviews to the point that his high school coach Shelton Felton said Bryant kept calling him during the visit to comment.
Auburn received his last official visit. Bryant’s relationship with Gus Malzahn’s program has been interesting. Early in his recruitment, he made it known the Tigers had serious ground to make up if they wanted him to commit. There were times he listed his top 6 sans Auburn.
The official visit went a long way to make Bryant feel like the Plains could be home. Then again, he’s been a regular unofficial visitor through his entire high school career due to the proximity and trips to watch his cousin Montravius Adams.
In the Dawghouse?
Then there’s Georgia — the home team. The Bulldogs have dwindling spots in their 2017 class, but one of them is Bryant’s to take. He has a strong relationship with many of Georgia’s commits, plus the in-state pull matters.
On National Signing Day, Bryant will pick one. The question all Auburn fans are asking: Who will it be?
Bryant is a major need for Auburn in this class, likely more of a need there than either of the other two schools. Depending on his school of choice, Bryant’s position at the next level will be affected. For Auburn, he’d fill into the Buck defensive end role like Carl Lawson. He would serve a similar purpose at LSU. Bryant would like to be an outside linebacker for Georgia.
If Auburn misses on Bryant, the next question up: Do the Tigers have a backup plan?