For a long time, Ole Miss was considered a frontrunner for the services of talented quarterback Kelly Bryant out of South Carolina.
But this weekend, Bryant told Rivals.com that he has a top five–and the only SEC program that made the cut was Florida. Granted, the 6-foot-5, 205-pound Bryant lives close to frontrunner Clemson, and ACC schools like N.C. State, Virginia and Virginia Tech make up the rest of his top five. But Bryant was in Gainesville (Fla.) for the Gators’ spring game, and declared that Florida is definitely a top five school for him now. He met with new Florida offensive coordinator Kurt Roper, and also head coach Will Muschamp.
Bryant is out of Wren High School, just east of Greenville (S.C.). Florida offered him in late February and has come into play since. Duke actually offered him in early December when Roper was still a part of the program, so the new Gators’ assistant coach is more familiar with Bryant than a lot of people might realize.
Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the 247Sports.com composite rankings.