Elite DE discusses Clemson trip

This four-star defensive end recently made his firs trip to Clemson. He was joined by a teammate, who's committed to the Tigers' 2014 class.

DE Austin Bryant Profile

Thomas County Central High School [Thomasville, Ga.] junior defensive end Austin Bryant rode up to Clemson with Adam Choice, the Tigers' three-star senior running back commitment.

Although the two prospects are close friends, Choice has allowed for Bryant to do his own thing out on the recruiting trail.

"He doesn't chime in on Clemson a lot. He just lets me make my own decision," Bryant recently told CUTigers. "We've been friends for a long time, so he knows that I need to go to a place that's best for me, not just because he's committed there."

Danny Pearman heads up the Clemson recruiting efforts on Bryant, who's ranked by Scout.com as the No. 35 defensive in the class of 2015.

In addition to seeing Clemson, Bryant has also visited Auburn, Georgia and Florida State this season. He'll return to Tallahassee this weekend for the Florida State-Miami game.

The trip to Clemson for the Florida State game was his most recent campus visit.

"It was great, great atmosphere for the game. I got to talk to coach Pearman before the kickoff, so that was good. It was a great atmosphere for the first half," Bryant said.

Two programs are standing out to him.

"If I had to name one, it would probably be Clemson and Florida State," Bryant said.

He went into detail about what stands out about Clemson.

"I think it's just because of how I've been talking to coach Pearman a lot lately," Bryant said. "He came down to see me play. When I went up there, it kind of felt like Thomasville, which is where I live, so that was a plus.

"They're a great football team and I would want to play for them.

Florida State is just down the road from his home in Thomasville. There was a time when that would have been a detriment to the Seminoles' chances, but that has changed with time.

"At first, I preferred to be further away. The relationship I've built with my recruiter and the coaches down there makes it pretty comfortable," Bryant said.

As a sophomore, Bryant had 106 tackles, two forced fumbles, a pass breakup and a blocked punt.

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