Florida offers Alabama linebacker

The Gators coaching staff is out on the road looking for top notch linebackers to go with current commit Christian Miller.

Last week, Florida offered Jackson (Al.) High linebacker Gavin Bryant who has flown under the radar so far.

“Coach (Derek) Lewis offered me about a week ago,” Bryant said. “They told me that they didn’t need me to camp or anything, that they had watched my film and they were going to offer me. Coach said that they want me to visit and see how everything works down there. I plan to visit them this summer.”

For the 6-foot-2, 235-poudn Bryant, getting a Florida offer was exciting to him despite his double digit offer list already.

“I couldn’t believe Florida came all the way to see me,” Bryant said. “It’s exciting to have an offer from them because I grew up watching Tim Tebow and Brandon Spikes and those guys. I know Florida puts a lot of players in the league and always has a hard-nosed defense that is fast and physical.”

Bryant hasn’t taken many visits this spring but he says that will all change as soon as school lets out for the summer.

“This summer I have a lot of visits planned,” Bryant said. “I plan to visit Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Miami, Florida, Alabama and Auburn. I would like to make my decision before my senior season so these visits are very important to me.”

The state of Alabama is a tough place for any out of state school to pull top prospects from but Bryant is open to leaving.

“Staying in state is not a big deal to me,” Bryant said. “I want to go somewhere that I can play early and can improve my game. Right now Alabama, Auburn and Florida are all recruiting me hard and Florida has really turned the pressure up on me recently.”

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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 Rivals.com, 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.