“He has that body type that everyone is looking for – long arms, athletic fit,” Shaver said. “He’s the kind of player that is going to get quick attention because everyone wants to recruit a guy like that.”
Bryant started his Central career at quarterback as a freshman then followed with a one-year stint at outside linebacker before finally settling at defensive end last fall.
Shaver added that Bryant could even play some wheel linebacker and tight end this fall as personnel and attrition dictates.
“He’s really been all over the place for us,” the coach said. “And he’s done real well at every one of those spots.”
Central’s defensive lineman has yet to narrow his prospective list, and still has a wide array of options.
Teams Bryant has shown interest to include Clemson, Florida State, Florida, South Carolina, UCLA, Penn State, Ole Miss, Stanford, Notre Dame, Miami, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Texas A&M.
The latter six were at Central’s spring practice to watch Bryant first-hand on Wednesday.
“It was like a who’s who of college coaches out there,” Shaver said. “Just kind of a big gathering following Austin around all afternoon.”
Among those in attendance was new Georgia defensive line coach Tracy Rocker, who, Shaver said, assumed Thomasville native Mike Bobo’s duty to cater to the specific position.
Shaver added that Bobo told him he would be at Central to see Bryant some time next week.