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Wednesday, May 1, 2013
LB Austin Bryant's process warming up

By Corey Dowlar

Just beyond the Florida-Georgia line from Tallahassee there resides one of the more famous South Georgia programs. And within that program is Austin Bryant (Thomasville, Ga./Thomas County Central), a 2015 linebacker who could be the next Yellow Jackets star.

At 6-foot-3 and 240 pounds already, Bryant quickly grabbed Florida State's attention and an offer. Defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt and defensive ends coach Sal Sunseri led the way.

Pruitt especially made an impression.

"He's a great guy," he said. "He's probably one of the most down-to-earth coaches you'll ever meet. He tells you straight up like it is, and he doesn't try to sugarcoat anything. That's what I like about him.

"You could tell he was a high school coach because he's more of a players' coach rather than just a coach."

The beginning to his recruitment has Bryant anxious. But he also knows that it is just that, a start. During this spring, and even into the summer, more programs will be around evaluating him. And he'll probably land some more offers.

"I'm just excited that it's just starting to kick off because that's what high school athletes put in so much hard work to do, to be a very highly touted recruit," he said. "I'm just excited.

"I'm trying to take in as much as I can. Florida State and Georgia Tech are my two offers right now, so we'll see how the rest of the spring and summer goes."

As far as factors that will play into his decision, proximity seems to be something that is up in the air. He's not against leaving home, but if he could, he wouldn't mind staying close to Thomasville.

"Wherever God leads me is where I'll go, but I'd like to stay close to home so my family can come see me play," he said.

Bryant is not certain of any visits this summer or camps. For now, he'll focus on getting better this spring and helping his team off to a fast start this fall.

"We've been having voluntary workouts and spring practice starts on May 8, so I'm ready for that," Bryant said. "I've put in a lot of hard work this spring and I want to see how much the hard work I put in will show on the field. After that, I'm just counting down to the fall -- first game of the season against our rivals."

NoleNation reporter David Hale contributed to this story.