Auburn's coaches, who had already made a scholarship offer to the 5-11, 185-pounder from defending state champion Peachtree Ridge High School, had to be impressed with what they saw on Thursday and Friday at the AU intramural fields.
Derrick Bryant looks to the sidelines during the seven-on-seven camp on Friday.
"The camp went pretty well," Bryant says. "Our team came up a little short in the championship game, but we got better every day. Getting better is what we look forward to doing when we come to these camps and see how we can compete against other schools around the country."
A two-year starter at cornerback, Bryant is adjusting to a new position for his senior season. "Playing strong safety is a little bit new for me, but I like it," he says. "I am learning to let things come to me, just noticing things, being able to react, backpedaling and things like that. I learning to see the field and break on balls."
Auburn has offered a scholarship already and Bryant says he is interested in Tommy Tuberville's Tigers. "Right now Auburn, LSU, Ohio State, Virginia and Alabama are my favorites and they have all offered," says Bryant, who notes he and his teammates will have a busy camp schedule this summer.
Commenting on how he thought he played throughout the two days against teams from across the southeast, Bryant says, "I think I played well and I tried hard to show the coaches what I can do," he says. "We fought hard as a team."
A three-sport athlete at Peachtree Ridge High, Bryant starts at guard in basketball and runs the 4x100 and 4x400 in track.
Football is his primary sport and he is expecting it to be a memorable senior season on the gridiron. "We are the defending state champs and we are looking to repeat," he says. "We have a ton of talent back. We are just looking to show everybody we can do it again."