Bryant works out with Durkin, Choate

Bryant hopes to have a decision made before his senior seasons starts. (Photo by Zach Abolverdi/The Gainesville Sun)

Jackson (Ala.) linebacker Gavin Bryant traveled to Gainesville on Saturday and got an individual workout with Florida defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin and outside linebackers coach Jeff Choate following the first mini camp of the summer.

The 6-foot-1, 225-pounder went through several drills and the coaches told him they liked his speed and physicality. Bryant was equally impressed with UF.

“I think it’s nice up here. I could see myself fitting in good,” he said. “I like the facilities and I want to play in the SEC.”

Although Bryant is an under-the-radar recruit, he’s receiving interest from some big-time programs. His Top 5 is Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Mississippi State and Miami, and he also has offers from Clemson, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Distance was once a determining factor for Bryant, but that’s no longer the case.

“I wanted to stay in-state, but now that I’ve thought about, it doesn’t matter,” he said.

For the Gators to take the lead from the Crimson Tide, all they have to is give Bryant the green light to commit.

“I have an offer from Alabama and (Florida), but it’s like a waiting process (with both schools),” he said. “Whichever one comes first is where I’ll go.”