'I've always wanted to play for Bama'

Gavin Bryant has been on quite the rise of late, and the Jackson (Ala.) linebacker picked up arguably the biggest offer on his curren list Saturday while visiting Nick Saban and company. Find out just why the extension "meant a lot" in Bryants' recruitment inside.

Jackson (Ala.) High junior Gavin Bryant plays with an old-school mentality on the field. He's a downhill linebacker at 6-foot-2, 230 pounds and makes plays with force on Friday nights.

Projecting best at the middle linebacker spot he plays now, Bryant now has the opportunity to continue playing the position at one of the most notable schools in America.


"We sat down and talked," he said of time he spent with Nick Saban on Saturday while visiting Tuscaloosa. "And then he told me, Coach Saban told me I got the offer."

The class of 2014 standout was hoping to hear the news while on campus, and when it played out just that way all he could do was smile.

"I was a happy man," Bryant added. "To hear those words come out of his mouth meant a lot to me."

The junior, who now holds six verbal scholarship offers including from South Carolina and Kentucky among others, has always enjoyed what Saban has been able to do with the Crimson Tide.

"I grew up rooting for them, yes sir I did!" he said.

As one would imagine, the offer went a long way in his recruitment.

"Alabama is number one for me," said Bryant. "I've always wanted to play for Bama since I was a kid playing backyard football.

"I thought about committing when I was there."

While the final decision didn't go down on Saturday, the overall trip was a success outside of the offer.

"Practice stood out, and the girls," said Bryant with a laugh. "I watched (linebacker) C.J. Mosley at practice. He is a beast."

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