Even though his father played football at the University of Georgia and his older brother plays baseball for the Bulldogs, 2015 offensive tackle recruit Will Bryan recently committed to Georgia's arch-rival, Georgia Tech, according to Michael Carvell of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Bryan's father, Mac Bryan, played offensive guard for Georgia during the 1983-84 seasons. Bryan's older brother, Justin Bryan, is a junior outfielder for the Georgia baseball team.
This wasn't an easy decision, and Bryan said he did strongly consider keeping the family tradition alive. However, he decided that becoming a Yellow Jacket was the best option for him, per the report.
Obviously, I definitely wanted to play there because my dad played there. I wanted to be a Bulldog. But as I’ve gotten older, I thought more about what I wanted to do with my life, what kind of education I wanted to get and where I wanted to go. And I decided that Georgia Tech was where I wanted to go.
The decision was sure to get a rise out of his father and brother, as Justin was chanting “Go Dawgs” and barking in the background when a reporter asked them about the decision, according to the report. And although Mac Bryan did feel a little awkward having to support Georgia Tech, he handled it quite well.
I’ve got to admit it was interesting putting on a Georgia Tech hat for the first time. When my son told me he was going to commit there, I went and bought me a hat because I’m going to support him 100 percent.
I’m a Georgia baseball fan, but when my other son is playing football for Georgia Tech, I’m going to be a Yellow Jacket fan. I mean, he’s my son. We’re excited for him. He’s a smart kid. Georgia Tech is just a good fit for him. He fits their offense very well.
As for the sibling rivalry, Will doesn't think his decision will have much of an impact on his brother, per the report.
He’s proud of me. He supports me in every way. He is my brother, and he loves me. He’s playing baseball, and I’m playing football, so it’s not really a rivalry. We’re still family. It’s not that big of a deal. My dad even said, 'It’s not a house divided, it’s a house united.' It’s two different colleges.
There is a great deal of work that needs to be done to overturn the rivalry on the gridiron, as Georgia has won 11 of the last 12 meetings, including four straight victories.
Bryan told Carvell that his decision is final and that his recruiting process is finished.