William Bryant IV Picks Arkansas State

In a span of about three weeks, William Bryant IV found out all he needed to know about Arkansas State.


On May 20, the Red Wolves offered the Lee County, Ga., defensive back and about a week later he visited the campus in Jonesboro. On Sunday night he committed to the Red Wolves.

“When I went there and visited I could feel the love,’’ he said. “I really liked the school; it felt like home. I liked the academic side and the thing that sold me was the program they have where 100 percent of the graduates receive job offers. That is what sold me.”

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound cornerback, a 3-year starter in high school, received offers from Appalachian State, Southern Mississippi and Middle Tennessee.

Bryant played as a sophomore at Albany High School and transferred to Lee before his junior season.

“I’ve just played football but I do plan on running track this year,’’ said Bryant. “I did football year around so I could get better.”

He and his father visited Arkansas State in late May and he had an instant connection.

“It looked a lot like home does,’’ he said of Jonesboro. “It’s spread out and it’s open. It was what I expected.

“I really liked the facilities and what they are doing with the stadium. The indoor building was really impressive. And academics also played a big role.”

Bryant said he plans on majoring in engineering or business at A-State.

He said he leaned on cousin Aaron Savage, who played on the Auburn team that won the 2010 national championship, for recruiting advice. Another cousin, Anthony Savage played at Oklahoma in 2000.

“I talked to Aaron a lot,’’ he said. “He played on the Auburn team with Cam Newton and he is real close to coach Trooper Taylor. I think he is going to be in Aaron’s wedding.”



Bryant, A-State’s first defensive player to commit, is the third pledge of the weekend for the Red Wolves and the program’s sixth overall. Offensive linemen Jacob Atnip of Sheridan and Troy Elliot of Flower Mound (Texas) Marcus committed on Saturday.