Markaviest Bryant (Photo by Chad Simmons)

It's Auburn By a Whisker For Big Cat Bryant, A Highly Regarded Football Signee At Position of Need for the Tigers

Markaviest Bryant says he is happy with his college choice and that is certainly the case with Gus Malzahn.

Cordele, Ga.--One of the biggest pickups to the 2017 signee class for Auburn came with the news that Markaviest Bryant signed with the Tigers on Wednesday.

The four-star defensive end from Crisp County High, who is known as a strong pass rusher, comes on board at a position of need where Carl Lawson played last season. An All-SEC performer as a redshirt junior, Lawson is entering the 2017 NFL Draft.

Bryant, who narrowed his list to Auburn, Georgia and LSU, said in the end it was Tigers vs. Tigers for his commitment.

“Auburn and LSU--I was probably inches away from signing that paper and going to LSU, but me and my mom sat down and talked about it,” he said. “She just kind of laid it down and I slept on it about Auburn. I woke up the same way, and I said, 'I'm going to Auburn.’”

Gus Malzahn is certainly pleased about the development, adding the Under Armour All-American who was Georgia's Class AAA Defensive Player of the Year with 102 tackles, 36 1/2 tackles for lost yardage and 15 1/2 sacks as a senior

“Every time he’s been on campus, you could tell he fit here," the coach said. "It was a great feel and, talking with him, we always felt like we had a good chance."

Malzahn said when he went to bed on Tuesday night he was optimistic that Bryant would choose his team, but didn't find out for sure until Wednesday morning. 

"He’s a big-time player and he’s got a chance to really be a special player," the coach said. "You fight hard (for) the guys that aren’t committed. You go down to signing day and especially with our need for a pass rusher, that was extra special and big for us as a staff. It was the icing on the cake to this class. He was the last one to send his stuff in and commit. It was a good end to a good day.”


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