Bryant latest big timer to commit to Clemson

07/18/2014 11:06 PM

07/18/2014 11:09 PM

Clemson’s highly regarded football recruiting class got even stronger Friday night with a commitment from DE Austin Bryant (6-5 250) of Thomasville, GA. Bryant made his commitment while attending the All-In Cookout. He picked the Tigers over Notre Dame, Florida, Florida State and Stanford.

“It feels great,” said Bryant who is commitment #24 for Clemson’s 2015 class including five carryovers from the 2014 signing class. “I”m 100 percent behind my commitment and it feels awesome.”

Bryant said he had a feeling going into this visit with his parents that he might jump on board with the Tigers.

“I was 99 percent sure,” he said. “I pretty much had my mind made up when I was at camp and tonight just sealed the deal. I met all the coaches again. My parents got to meet everybody. It was a good night all around.”

Particularly for the Clemson coaching staff who Bryant said reacted as if they’d just won the national championship when he delivered the good news.

“They were ecstatic,” Bryant said. “Coach Swinney was dancing all over the place. They were high-fiving. They were really excited.”

Bryant said the Tigers plan to use him as a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker to take advantage of his ability to play with his hand on the ground and standing up. He had 70 tackles and 7 sacks last season. And he’s excited to join such a highly regarded recruiting class.

“It feels great,” he said. “The coaches have done a great job putting together an awesome recruiting class. I have a good relationship with the other recruits.”

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