2015 Newnan (Ga.) quarterback Bailey Bryant is battling injuries in his senior season, but he’s still hopeful for an offer from East Carolina. He’s working through a concussion and an injury to his non-throwing shoulder.
Bryant has taken notice of what the No. 18 Pirates have been doing. The program grabbed his attention before this season and now that ECU is gaining national recognition, it’s even more captivating.
“My relationship with East Carolina is still there,” said Bryant. “I haven't been able to make it up for a game this year however I've been watching them closely and I'm very excited for the program and happy for them. I hope they continue to do good things on the field.”
Bryant’s squad has had a rocky start to the season. Newnan has only picked up two wins in seven games and has yet to win at home.
Even so, Bryant is still optimistic with his goals for the team and for his own recruitment. Simply put, “My goals to finish my senior year strong are to come back healthy and lead my team to victory,” said Bryant.
“I've heard from many schools as far as recruiting goes more schools in the Division II and Division III classifications,” said Bryant. “Birmingham Southern, Millsaps College, Valdosta State and Berry College I've been in touch with me the most.”
Even though he hasn’t had a ton of Division I attention, his style of play is one that would fit in very well at ECU. The six-foot-two, 200-pound signal caller has experience running a spread offense very similar to the one that Shane Carden operates at ECU.
Furthermore, Bryant would fit in as ECU has made a name for itself for taking under-recruited players out of high school and turning them into superstars. The best example is Carden and his favorite target Justin Hardy—neither of whom would have played at the Division I level if not for ECU.
While Bryant recovers from his injuries, he’s putting a stronger focus on his schoolwork to ensure he wraps up his high school career strong academically. He noted that he has mostly A’s and B’s with a GPA sitting around 3.5.