The Florida Gators football team could be getting the final official visit from coveted four-star recruit Markaviest Bryant.
The Florida Gators football team is approaching a bowl game with significant long-term ramifications. As is the case for every team playing in a bowl game, however, the coaching staff will be multi-tasking over the course of the next month.
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As the Gators prepare to face the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Outback Bowl, Jim McElwain and the coaching staff will also be tasked with working the recruiting trails.
One of the players whom McElwain and the Gators are pursuing is four-star defensive end Markaviest Bryant. The competition to land Bryant will be fierce, but Florida is positioning itself to have a legitimate chance.
“Right now I have visits to Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, and LSU,” Bryant said. “Florida is most likely getting my last official visit but it isn’t set yet. One of those visits are going to have be a mid-week visit but I’m fine with that.”
That’s a promising sign that Florida could be more of a frontrunner than they seem.
Bryant is the No. 93 overall player on the ESPN 300. He’s listed as a four-star recruit on 247Sports and Scout, and Rivals has him listed as a three-star recruit and the No. 21 defensive end in the 2017 recruiting class.
The general consensus appears to be that Bryant has the potential to be an impact player.
Bryant has received scholarship offers from the likes of Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech, LSU, Ole Miss, Oklahoma, and USC. Bryant is from Cordele, Georgia, which plays a role in why the Bulldogs are viewed by some as a favorite.
The Gators have something of an edge themselves, however, as Bryant’s cousin, Antonneous Clayton, is currently on the roster.
Defensive coordinator Geoff Collins is leading the recruitment of Bryant, who will have options come National Signing Day. Florida will look to improve its odds and get in the last word during his final visit.
Given Florida’s issue with decommitments, landing Bryant would be an ideal turn of events.