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Elite pass rusher Markaviest Bryant 'ready to get to work' at Auburn

Wesley Sinor | wsinor@al.com

As a four-star prospect and the No. 14 weak-side defensive end in the 247Sports Composite, Markaviest Bryant was one of the top recruits Auburn reeled in on National Signing Day Feb. 1.

Now he's ready to back up the hype.

Earlier this month Bryant enjoyed a pressure-free visit to the Plains, his first since signing his National Letter of Intent with the Tigers.

"One thing I can say is they treat me the same way," he said. "It's all family, and I'm glad I picked to be here. It's nothing different."

During his time on campus Bryant watched Auburn's first spring practice in pads and came away impressed with defensive line coach Rodney Garner's style. The Tigers are looking to replace a pair of anchors on the defensive line -- Carl Lawson and Montravius Adams, Bryant's older cousin.

"I watched a lot of the defensive guys and defensive line with Coach Garner," Brant said. "I did a lot of that... I just wanted to see how it was. It was very intense, nothing I wasn't expecting. He coached hard. It's tough love and I feel like he's a great coach."

Garner was Bryant's primary recruiter and played a huge role in swaying him away from other suitors like Alabama, Georgia and LSU.

 

Meet Auburn's 2017 signing class

Meet Auburn's 2017 signing class

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"It's just because, really, of playing time," Bryant said. "I really feel like Coach G can develop me and I can get on the field early. And that's one reason I chose Auburn. And it's a family atmosphere, there's nothing more you could ask for."

The 6-foot-4, 226-pounder is coming off an eye-popping senior season at Crisp County High School in Cordele, Ga. He racked up 102 total tackles (58 solo) with 36.5 for loss, 15.5 sacks and 66 quarterback hurries.

"He'll probably start out as a Buck (end)," Adams said when asked about Bryant at Auburn's Pro Day last week. "He'll probably gain a few pounds... I think he'll get probably about 250, maybe 260. Of course him being able to know Coach G, he'll be a whole different player from when he came out of high school. I'm really just looking (forward) to his upside. When you get here and you meet Rodney G, that's a different coach from recruitment."

 

What Adams believes he offers to NFL teams

What Adams believes he offers to NFL teams

Since Montravius Adams closed his college career with a stellar senior season, all the former Auburn defensive tackle has done is improve his draft stock.

 

Bryant is unsure if he'll be at Auburn for A-Day April 9 since that's the same date as his high school's prom. He asked Garner what he could do to get a head start for fall camp, and will spend the offseason improving his hands and exploding off the line.

"I'm going to be committed to what I do," Bryant said. "I'm ready to get into it and ready to get to work.

"I really feel like this year and the years to come the defense is starting to get real solid. A lot of guys I talked to are real confident in what they're doing. So when you have a real confident defense, you have a real good defense."

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What a senior year.... good grief.. what class was he in??

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4 minutes ago, JDUBB4AU said:

What a senior year.... good grief.. what class was he in??

We ought to start calling them "Sinorisms."

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