2015 Newnan (Ga.) quarterback Bailey Bryant is among the top of East Carolina’s targets at the position in his class. The Pirates are looking to add a second quarterback after John Jacobs committed back on May 15.
Bryant is the kind of player that thrives under ECU’s brand of offense. Lincoln Riley’s “Air Raid” spread offense is very similar to what he is used to playing in high school, so Bryant would fit into the team’s system.
“We’ve run the spread offense three of my four years and this year we’re actually in a pro-style offense,” said the 6-foot-4, 202-pounder. “I’m definitely more of a passing quarterback. ECU’s offense, compared to our offense, is actually quite similar until this year with the spread concept and the way they sling it around. I know they do the zone read stuff. I’ve done that, too. I feel like I’d fit right in at ECU.”
In fact, Bryant sees some things he has in common with Shane Carden.
“(Carden) is really good in the pocket and making throws down field,” said Bryant. “I feel like that’s one of my strengths. He has great arm strength and accuracy and he’s obviously a leader and I definitely consider myself to be a leader.”
Like any signal caller, Bryant’s decision is heavily influenced by the similarities between the school’s offense and what he’s accustomed to.
“I think it’s huge,” said Bryant. “You got to look at if you fit the school’s offense. At ECU, I really do feel like I’d fit in there. It’s a major part of making the decision of where you’re going to go to college.”
Bryant had planned on visiting Greenville for a camp this summer, but wasn’t able to make it happen. He plans on arranging that as soon as he can.
As for the rest of the summer, Bryant has some other visits planned. He recently went to University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and is going to Birmingham Southern in a few weeks. He was supposed to go to Troy this week, but had a seven-on-seven to go to. He also went to 24/7’s combine.
Bryant is getting attention from some other schools, too. Union College has been recruiting him and he’s looking at setting up a visit for the fall.
“I’ve gotten a lot of mail from a lot of schools,” said Bryant. “East Carolina is one of them. Marshall’s one of them. Missouri and Mississippi State have sent mail. I’ve gotten a lot of camp invites to go to a lot of different places, but there’s only so much time. I can’t make it out everywhere.”
Come fall, Bryant said he’d like to stop by Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium to check out an ECU home football game. He hasn’t had a chance to look at the schedule, but he has plenty of interesting matchups to choose from.
Bryant will be a senior this fall. His goals are primarily oriented towards the success of his team, so expect him to catch the attention of other programs should he lead his team to victory.