That’s where Markaviest Bryant comes in. The 4-star Crisp County LB had been getting letters from UGA while Mark Richt was the head coach, but he wasn’t sure if his offer still stood after the coaching change.
Smart settled all of that quickly.
“Kirby Smart hit me up that Wednesday before the game. He let me know that the offer from Georgia was official with the new staff. He wanted to let me know that they really want me,” Bryant said.
The junior, who plans to visit the Bulldogs in February, said he’s head nothing but good things about the future of the Bulldogs under Smart.
“I like that, you know, that Kirby tells me that they have some nice things coming in,” Bryant said. “They are building a new practice facility. Some of the guys at the Rising Seniors game were telling me about what they have going on, and I am really impressed. I talked with some more guys from the 229 area, like Trenton Thompson, and they are telling me what’s going on. I am pretty impressed.”
Bryant said he visited for the Bulldogs for the late-season game against Georgia Southern in 2015, and that the crowd and fans of UGA are passionate.
“On third down and fourth down plays, whoa, it is crazy. I couldn’t even hear myself,” he said. “I really like the atmosphere. I really like the fanbase.”
Bryant said he has watched the Dawgs over that last few years, and that one player in particular sticks out to him.
“One person I do look up to is Leonard Floyd. I see the way he plays,” he admitted. “But I have a lot to improve on to show what I’ve got.”
Bryant points out that he’s only now starting the recruiting process, but that the in-state Bulldogs will likely be on his list all the way to Signing Day 2017.
“I can’t say that Georgia - that I am ready to commit because I am just starting my recruiting process,” he admitted. “But they are one of the top schools because of the new head coach. It is something new. But Georgia will be one of the five hats I put on the table.”