'I'm their No. 1 guy at rush end'

Four-star defensive end Austin Bryant of Thomasville (Ga.) Thomas Country Central recaps his weekend at Notre Dame, including time spent the Irish staff, competition at Irish Invasion, his thoughts on campus. He also explains his future plan for recruitment and how Notre Dame factors into the equation.

Four-star defensive end Austin Bryant of Thomasville (Ga.) Thomas County Central visited Notre Dame last weekend for Irish Invasion, arriving on Friday.

"I got there Friday around lunch, and I was shown the Gug and the other football facilities," Bryant said. "It was nice. Every place has nice facilities though, so I don't focus too much on that on visits."

"But, I do look a lot at campus, and Notre Dame's campus knocks your socks off."

"I really enjoyed looking at the beautiful landmarks that you hear so much about, like the Grotto, Touchdown Jesus and the Basilica," Bryant said.

On Friday evening, Bryant participated in Irish Invasion.

"It was good to compete with some of the top guys there," Bryant said. "I got to spend time with Tristen Hoge and Jerry Tillery, and they're great players. Real big kids."

Bryant also spent time with some of the Notre Dame coaching staff.

"Coach (Mike) Elston, Coach (Brian) VanGorder, and Coach (Brian) Kelly were telling me that I'm their No. 1 guy at rush end. They really need a rush end because they have no 3rd down guys, only 1st and 2nd down run-stoppers."

This spring and summer as has seen Bryant visit Florida, Florida State, Clemson and Notre Dame. He has no other visits currently planned

The 6-foot-4, 225-pound defensive end listed a number of schools as recruiting him hardest right now.

"I wouldn't say I have any favorites," Bryant said. "When I feel right, I will pull the trigger. I could take official visits, but it all just depends. The schools right now are Florida State, Clemson, Notre Dame, LSU, Florida, Stanford, UCLA, Ole Miss and Miami."

Could Bryant see himself at Notre Dame?

"Oh yeah," he said. "I would for sure love to have that degree."

Bryant listed a trio of factors that will play a prominent role in his decision.

"Family feel, the environment around football, and academics of course," Bryant said.

Bryant is a four-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 28 defensive end in the class of 2015.

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