- Greg Ostendorf, ESPN Staff Writer
JACKSON, Ala. -- The recruiting process might have started slow for Jackson High School linebacker Gavin Bryant, but it has not slowed down. This spring, he’s added offers from the likes of Florida, Miami, Mississippi State and Ole Miss, giving him close to 15 total, all in the last three months.
Still, there’s one school that stands alone at the top -- the University of Alabama.
Bryant added an offer from the Crimson Tide in February, but the staff wants to see him at camp in June before the offer becomes committable. UA assistant coach Lance Thompson came by recently and told him to be ready to compete.
“They told me they were going to need me to get in good condition,” Bryant said. “Coach [Nick] Saban doesn’t like to see folks running to the water cooler, slouched over and all, so he just told me to get in shape. I really want to play for Alabama, and I want to try to show up up there.”
The camp runs for a week, but Bryant is only required to work out one day.
The 6-foot-2, 230-pound linebacker picked up another major SEC offer two weeks ago when a Florida coach came by and offered a scholarship. The offer from the Gators comes without the caveat of having to go to camp.
“He was telling me he didn’t need to see me in camp,” Bryant said. “He’s seen everything he had to see on film. He just told me he wanted me to come look at the place.
“For me, I just want to play in the SEC and that’s an SEC school. I know Alabama is the top school, but I’m trying to give everybody the same look. I’m trying to get in where I can fit in and look at the roster to try to get in and play.”
Miami also came by this spring and pitched early playing time as well as the idea of living close to South Beach. Bryant was impressed with assistant coach coach and former Hurricanes linebacker Michael Barrow.
“They were telling me how good I look on film and that I could come right in there, fit in and play,” Bryant said.
The Alabama native plans to visit Florida and Miami this summer. He also wants to make trips to Mississippi State and Ole Miss, and he’s scheduled to compete in camp at both in-state schools.
Bryant says he wants to make a decision before his senior season.