Bryant (above) is shown at his signing day ceremony on Wednesday.
Cordele, Ga.--Needing a pass rusher to finish off the 2017 class, Auburn pulled off a shocker on signing day when four-star Markaviest Bryant chose the Tigers over Georgia and LSU at a ceremony at Crisp County High.
The cousin of Auburn standout Montravius Adams, “Big Cat” has been on the radar of Auburn DL Coach Rodney Garner since very early in his high school career. With a strong bond with Garner to start with, Bryant said it was obvious when he talked with the Tigers how much they needed him to join the class.
“They need pass rushers,” Bryant said. “That’s something they preached. Every coach that came up to me said that, even Coach G. He was telling me they need some pass rushers and it’s hard to get to the quarterback.”
Losing Carl Lawson from last season, Auburn’s defense returns just nine and a half sacks off last year’s team. That means an opportunity to get on the field very early for the 6-4 speedster.
"I feel like I have a chance to be great at Auburn," Bryant said.
Asked if he has anything to say to Tiger fans, the defensive end said, "War Eagle!"
What It Means: There’s no question that getting Bryant was a huge piece of the puzzle for the finish in the 2017 class for the Tigers. A talented athlete that has a great deal of upside because of his frame, Big Cat’s combination of size and speed makes him an ideal fit at the Buck linebacker position in Auburn’s defense.
Scout Analysis: “Bryant is a hybrid who could project as a defensive end or outside linebacker in college. Plays some standing up and with his hand down. Has shown he can drop into coverage. Is very athletic. Has length and closes fast. Best when firing off the edge attacking the quarterback. Can play physical. Has some pop when making the tackle. Can improve his technique and play better against the run. Being stronger at the point of attack with better pad level will lead to that. A real talent though. Has a great frame, he can run, and he plays hard.”