Bryant still high on FSU
Four-star defensive end Austin Bryant is just up the road from Tallahassee, and has continued to get plenty of attention from the Florida State coaching staff.
The rising senior is one of FSU's primary targets among defensive line prospects for 2015, and he says he still ranks the Seminoles as one of his favorites.
Bryant, a 6-foot-5, 251-pound prospect from Thomas County Central High School, has said he's built a strong relationship with FSU defensive ends coach Sal Sunseri in the wake of Jeremy Pruitt's departure after the 2013 season, and that he speaks with Sunseri frequently. Bryant cited his relationship with Sunseri as a significant factor in his recruitment.
"We're only like 30 minutes down the road, you can't help but have a good relationship," Bryant said. "He always hits me up. That's my guy."
Bryant said he likes Sunseri's laid-back demeanor, but more important is Sunseri's track record for putting players into the NFL.
"He's been in the south for a long time, he's been around a lot of great players," Bryant said. "He's put a lot of players in the league."
FSU was Bryant's first offer, but the Seminoles aren't the only suitor for his skills. Bryant's list of offers continues to grow, and currently includes FSU, Florida, Clemson, Stanford, South Carolina and LSU. The LSU offer came in recently, and Bryant said he was surprised to get an offer from the Tigers.
Bryant has experience playing both on the edge and as an outside linebacker, and that experience has many teams viewing him as a potential hybrid player. He said both Florida State and Florida are recruiting him as a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker, while other schools running a more traditional 4-3 system are recruiting him as a defensive end. He said he doesn't care one way or the other, but knows what kind of role he'd prefer.
"I tell them as long as I can rush the passer more than I drop back I'm good," Bryant said. "I just like whooping the tackle's butt. In my mindest I'm always a better athlete than the offensive tackles and I'm always faster than the tackle."
Bryant also recently had a visit from new FSU defensive coordinator Charles Kelly, who talked with him a little about both Kelly's coaching past and about what position Bryant would play at FSU.
"Not so much about schemes, just shooting the breeze," Bryant said. "He was telling me that nothing will really change. It's not his defense, it's Florida State's defense. He's down to earth guy. He keeps it real. He's not going to shoot you any bull."
Bryant said he plans to visit FSU and Clemson in the summer for camp, but may not participate in either camp. He said he also wanted to visit Stanford.
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