Georgia defensive end adds Notre Dame offer

Defensive end Austin Bryant of Thomasville (Ga.) Thomas County has put up extremely impressive stats so far in 2013, and he talks about his most recent offer from the Irish.

Notre Dame has kicked off its bye week with a rather heavy dose of offers out to the 2015 class. One recipient of an Irish offer is four-star defensive end Austin Bryant of Thomasville (Ga.) Thomas County Central.

"I've been talking with [Notre Dame assistant] Coach (Scott) Booker for about a month," Bryant said. "He and I have a good relationship. Yesterday, my coach told me that Notre Dame was offering, and it feels great."

Bryant described the CAT linebacker as the position the Irish are recruiting him to play.

"Notre Dame plays a 3-4 defense, and I would probably play the outside linebacker that rushes a lot," Bryant said. "That really interests me."

Bryant said he Notre Dame did seem like a long distance from Georgia, but he's interested in finding out more about what the Irish have to offer.

"I know Notre Dame is a Catholic school and they're very rich in tradition," Bryant said. "Hopefully, I'll be fortunate enough to visit them and consider them among my schools."

Bryant has visited Florida State, Auburn and Georgia so far this season, and he has plans to see Clemson play the Seminoles in Death Valley in two weeks.

"I don't have any favorites right now," Bryant said. "I have a few that are standing out. I know a lot about Clemson because our quarterback (Adam Choice) is committed there."

The 6-foot-4, 240-pound defensive end is placing a strong emphasis on academics throughout the recruiting process.

"No. 1 is academics," Bryant said. "After that, I would say it would be about the relationships I build with the coaches. I want to be comfortable with them.

Through six games this season, Bryant has had 41 tackles, four and a half sacks, 15 and a half quarterback pressures and 12 and a half tackles for loss.

Bryant is a four-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 32 defensive end in the class of 2015.

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