Bryant breaks down Wednesday’s Florida Gators offer

This week, the Florida Gators coaching staff has been offering several underclassmen prospects as they continue to evaluate prospects.

2023 linebacker Malik Bryant (6-3, 220, Bradenton, FL. IMG) picked up an offer from the Gators on Wednesday after he talked to one of the Gators recruiting assistants.

“Coach [Keiwan] Ratliff offered me,” Bryant said on the coach who offered him. “He basically explained to me the dynasty I could build at Florida and he told me that I don’t have to worry about the offer because the offer has been there. That was kind of his way of telling me he was offering me.”

The Orlando native is very familiar with Ratliff and that made the offer special for Bryant.

“The offer meant a lot coming from Coach Rat,” he said on what the offer means to him. “Of course I was happy but at the end of the conversation I knew it was still more work to be put in because everything can go away in a blink of an eye.”

Ratliff explained to Bryant on Wednesday just where the Gators like him on the defensive side of the ball and what the Gators like about his game.

“At the buck position that’s what Florida calls it, it’s like a stand-up linebacker that also rushes off the edge,” Bryant said on where Ratliff likes him. “Most importantly he emphasized how my speed was a key to my game and my ability to get off the line of scrimmage.”

Now that Bryant has the offer he explained what his interest level is in Florida and what he likes about the Gators.

“Out of 10, I would say a good 8.5,” he said of his interest in Florida. “The name itself and the coach who offered me interest me but I’m hoping to learn something about Florida.”


Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.