Bryant sees good fit at Notre Dame

Four-star defensive end Austin Bryant of Thomasville (Ga.) Thomas Country Central isn't naming favorites, but there are schools on his list that are starting to establish themselves as constants in his recruitment.

Among the list of high profile visitors considered "confirmed" for Notre Dame's invite-only camp Irish Invasion on June 20 is four-star defensive end Austin Bryant.

The Thomasville (Ga.) Thomas County Central product will join his defensive line coach on the trip to South Bend.

"Ever since Notre Dame offered last fall, I have been in constant communication with Coach (Scott) Booker, Coach (Brian) Kelly and more recently, Coach (Brian) VanGorder," Bryant said.

"I don't know Coach VanGorder that well yet, but it sounds like I could make a lot of plays in that defense," Bryant added. "He has changed the position from CAT linebacker to rush defensive end, and that's what I would play."

The 6-foot-5, 250-pound athlete is aware of Notre Dame's reputation on and off the gridiron.

"The value of a Notre Dame degree is outstanding," Bryant said. "They also have a terrific football program, and it sounds like a great place to be. Coach Booker told me going to Notre Dame is a forty-year decision, not a four-year decision."

This spring Bryant visited Florida and Florida State. Along with Notre Dame, Bryant will visit LSU, Clemson, South Carolina, Ole Miss and Stanford.

"I don't have any favorites right now, but I am going to try to narrow my list before The Opening in July," Bryant said. "I want to get it down to at least six. A summer decision is possible, but I also may take official visits."

Bryant added that schools he has established a strong relationship with thus far include Clemson, Florida State, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Stanford, Tennessee, UCLA and USC.

"I'm looking for a good relationship with the coaches, a family atmosphere, somewhere where they care for the players and care for one another like family."


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