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Malik Bryant is the nation's No. 2 EDGE defensive prospect for 2023 on the 247Sports Composite ratings. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

Malik Bryant: Coveted 5-star junior OLB already thinks of Georgia as ‘home’

Want to attack every day with the latest Georgia football recruiting info? That’s the Intel. This entry is about the latest with 5-star junior OLB prospect Malik Bryant out of IMG Academy. There is quite the story here to convey with this one.


Malik Bryant has a close family relationship with NFL Hall of Fame RB Edgerrin James. The 5-star junior OLB prospect already calls UGA “home” while discussing what he likes about the program.

The nation’s No. 15 prospect for 2023 (247Sports Composite ratings) is so solid of a player that he has been selected as a team captain prior to a game at star-studded IMG Academy recently.

When he moves up the field from his rush edge position, he covers ground as easily as any OLB prospect that Georgia has recruited over the last few years. Think of an Adam Anderson parallel here.

Those guys move so smoothly and efficiently. It is like they are gliding. The eyes say they really aren’t straining or red-lining their efforts to get to the ball.

That’s the illusion. Because athletes like Anderson and Bryant and definitely moving on their way to collapsing another pocket.

Those are a few of the plum options to pluck off the thought tree for the read on Byrant.

We’ll start with what matters the most here instead.

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5-star EDGE Malik Bryant told DawgNation that he's the type of defensive player that would plug and play all over the scheme. He feels he has the versatility to excel in multiple spots on defense. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)
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Malik Bryant: #LLPOPS💔 is the heart of his story

The hashtag #LLPOPS💔 means so much that he places it on a few choice spots on his social media accounts.

That is for his beloved father. Herman Bryant was lost to our world and to those that loved him by tragedy.

“It means a lot to me,” Bryant said. “That’s kind of my motive. That’s what drives me. That is what pushes me to go harder each and every day. That is kind of my purpose and my reasoning behind what I am doing.”

“My Dad passed away in 2013 and he’s just been giving me a reason to keep pushing throughout life each and every day.”

His father wanted him to be a football player. He played for Dr. Phillips High in Orlando but didn’t go to the college or pro level.

“It was tragic,” Bryant said. “It was due to gun violence.”

Bryant was just nine years old when he lost him. His favorite memory was just from a father-son conversation. They had many.

“The greatest memory I have is probably also the greatest piece of advice he gave me,” Bryant said. “We were having a conversation like a couple of weeks before we passed and he was like ‘Always respect your elders or your days will be cut short’ and that’s what he told me.”

#LLPOPS💔 is all the fuel his gas tank will need.

“That drives me each and every day,” he said. “Because of course, no one knows when they are going to pass with dying so it is like I kind of live my life based on that. I have to maximize my opportunities and the situations I am put in. I have to put in the work to fulfill those days to the fullest extent.”

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