Cordele, Ga.--One of the top prospects yet to make a decision on National Signing Day in February, Markaviest Bryant surprised a lot of people when he chose the Auburn Tigers, but for him it was all about fit.
That was apparent when he was back on the Plains to watch the Tigers in a spring practice and also to spend time with the coaches and players.
“I’m real excited,” Bryant said. “I’m glad it’s over with and there is no pressure. A lot of people said once you sign and come back again that it’s different. It really is different because I don’t have any pressure on me. I’m just relieved.
“It was a lot of pressure off me just coming up to visit,” he added. “It was just good to say that I’m home.”
At home for the guy known as “Big Cat” meant being in Auburn watching Coach Rodney Garner’s defensive line do work in practice. Checking them out as they went through drills and physical work in the first spring football practice in full pads, Bryant said he really liked what he saw and predicts big things from his good friend Derrick Brown.
Just being able to relax and enjoy the day while also getting a feel for the coaches was something Bryant said really spoke to him and made him even more certain he made the right choice in picking Auburn.
“I watched a lot of the defensive line with Coach Garner,” Bryant said. “I couldn’t say what coach I was with the most because I did meet with Coach (Gus) Malzahn, but one thing I can say is that they treat me the same way. It’s all family. I’m glad I picked to be there. Nothing is different, it’s all the same.”
In addition to watching Auburn, Bryant got some words of encouragement from Garner as well. The veteran coach gave him some tips to work on between now and when he arrives on campus in late spring, something he appreciated.
Now with getting to Auburn on his mind and making an impact this season, Big Cat said he’s ready to get going and can’t imagine anywhere better than on the Plains.
“They didn’t change it up, it was all the same,” Bryant said of being back last weekend. “There wasn’t anything different and they were going to show something a little different, but it was all the same. I really feel at home.”