2015 DE Prospect Enjoys Auburn Trip

Expected to be a top 2015 defensive end prospect, Austin Bryant already has several big offers and made a visit to Auburn on Tuesday.

Thomasville, Ga.--Expected to be a top defensive end in the 2015 recruiting class, 6-3, 240 Austin Bryant from Thomas County Central (Ga.) High took a visit to Auburn on Tuesday to check out the Tigers and meet with coaches Gus Malzahn and Rodney Garner. Spending the day in town along with his uncle, Bryant says the trip went very well on his first opportunity to see the campus in person.

"It was great," Bryant says. "The coaches were really good guys. They are tough, but they are fair and I really like that. They will push you to be the best you can be. The academic part was unbelievable. They make sure you don't get off-track. I had the chance to talk with Coach Malzhan. He's a great guy. Overall I like Auburn a lot.

"Auburn is sticking out a lot to me right now," he adds. "I got a chance to see what a day in the life of an Auburn athlete was and I loved it. It seems like a great environment to be in."

Getting the chance to see the campus and tour the facilities on his initial trip to the Plains, Bryant says one of the things that stood out to him was the academic side of Auburn's athletic program.

"I like how well they kept up with the football players in academics," Bryant notes. "I really like that because I value academics a lot. You're not going to be able to play football forever. You've got to have something to fall back on. My parents and my uncle harp on that a lot. Academics is the key to everything in life even though you love playing football."

Already with offers from Florida State, Clemson, Georgia Tech and Ole Miss early in the recruiting process, Bryant says he's still waiting on an offer from the Tigers. While that didn't come on Tuesday he says Malzahn talked about the possibility down the road.

"He (Malzahn) was saying that it's a little early right now and they are going to continue to recruit me," Bryant says. "They want to get a chance for me to build a relationship with the coaches."

Bryant hopes to earn an offer from Auburn when he returns to campus July 20 for the second one-day camp for the Tigers of the summer.

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