Michael Bryant Talks of his Decision

Coach Bobby Johnson reeled in a big one with the commitment of a 6-6, 290-pound dual lineman. Michael Bryant talked with Scout.com about his college decision.

"Vanderbilt was really the first school that showed interest in me, and I've been to a few other schools," Michael Bryant said from Lavergne, (Tenn.).

"I went to Auburn for their spring game, and it just wasn't the right school for me. I went to Georgia Tech. I liked the school, but I just really didn't like the environment."

We asked Bryant about other scholarship offers. "No, I had a lot of interest," he responded. "Georgia Tech's coach--I talked to him on the phone, coach (Buddy) Geis. Coach (Joe) Wickline from Oklahoma State--I talked to him. Coach Steve Spurrier, Jr. from South Carolina--they were sending me text messages, and I called them back."

"Vanderbilt-- I just like it because they made me feel like they wanted me. It's close to home, and my family can come and watch me play. I just really like it at Vanderbilt. It was my first choice."

Bryant's decision was not based on the limited number of scholarships the Commodores will have this year as he responded when asked, "Not really. They said they had fourteen scholarships this year, I believe. They are looking for five linemen. They were my first choice. I thought why not just go ahead and commit."

Bryant talked about which side of the ball Vanderbilt wants him to play.

"They talked to me about offensive line, offensive tackle," he said.

The Vanderbilt coaches were another factor in his decision.

"They are very personable. The other schools I went to, like Auburn and Georgia Tech, I only got to talk to one coach for maybe five minutes. I was there for three hours. At Vanderbilt, the coaches come around, and they just don't stop talking. Of course if they are practicing you don't expect them to talk to you."

"The starting offensive linemen (at Vanderbilt) are basically seniors. I might have a chance to play early in my sophomore year."

Bryant's speed is eye-popping for his size and position as he shared, "I run a 4.8 forty-yard dash. Since I play basketball I didn't get to lift weights as much. I'm not as strong as I would like to be, so I'm working on a lot of weightlifting."

The Commodore verbal pledge is uncertain if he will play basketball for his senior season.

"I've been a starter since my sophomore year," Bryant said of his football career at Lavergne. "I played varsity my freshman year."

When asked his course of study at the Nashville campus, "I have no clue. Somewhere along the lines of criminal justice, law enforcement, I think."

Stay tuned to Scout.com for Vanderbilt recruiting.

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