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4-star LB Malik Bryant picks Miami over Florida among others

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There was hope linebacker Malik Bryant, a top-100 player in the class of 2023, would pick Florida after moving his commitment date back from July 23, but the end result was another win for Mario Cristobal and the Miami Hurricanes.

Bryant committed to the University of Miami on Wednesday.

That decision leaves the Gators without a linebacker in the class, and there aren’t many blue-chip options left at this point in the cycle. Florida has missed on several of its top targets at the position. Raul Aguirre also picked Miami, Jordan Hall is headed to Michigan State and South Carolina landed Grayson Howard over the summer.

The next names to look at that have known offers are Kaveion Keys out of Virginia and Jayvant Brown, who plays closer to home at St. Thomas Aquinas in South Florida. Of course, Florida can still look at Bryant if they want to try and flip him. It was considered a 50-50 race by some when he pushed the decision back, so there could be smoke to that fire.

The Gators hosted Bryant on campus four times over the course of his recruitment. Miami (five trips) was the only other team to get him more than once. There was hope Florida could get him back in town for Friday Night Lights over the weekend, but that appears unlikely after the day’s events.

Bryant is certainly worth it if Billy Napier decided to continue to devote resources to him. The 247Sports composite has Bryant No. 61 overall and No. 4 among linebackers in the class of 2023.

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