At Abbeville High School in South Carolina, quarterback Kelly Bryant helped lead his squad to a 1A state championship as a freshman playing in a Wing-T offense. However, it was his move to Wren High School in Piedmont (SC) and transition to a spread offense that really caught the eye of numerous college coaches from around the nation.
On film, Bryant has a compact, over-the-top delivery. He is accurate
and shows a tremendous command of the offense for a high school
player. Bryant does a lot of the little things that high school quarterbacks
tend to struggle with. He has the uncanny ability to keep his eyes
downfield and still make plays in the passing game even when the
pocket collapses around him. Bryant told Pack Pride that was one of
the major adjustments he had to make after his transfer to Wren and
a more pass-oriented offense.
"Coming from a Wing-T offense my freshman and sophomore years I
wasn't known for throwing so much so when I got to Wren that was one
of the first things I had to learn, how to stay in the pocket and
not take off. I've had to learn how to stay in the pocket and go
through my reads so I have to thank my coaches and my QB coach that
I work out with in the off season."
Bryant is also a dangerous threat in the run game. He has above
average speed for a 6-4, 200 pound player and is surprisingly nimble
given his size. Bryant said that aspect of his game was something
the NC State coaches really liked.
"They like that I can pass but run the ball as well. So that's one
big plus they like in me."
Last weekend Bryant had a chance to visit both Clemson and NC State
for junior days. Interestingly, both schools employ an offense that
fits Bryant's skill set perfectly.
"Both of them are out of the spread and they like to pass with high
explosive plays and that fits the style I would like to be in."
So what about that trip to NC State? What stood out?
"Getting to sit down with the coaches was one of the highlights of
the trip," said Bryant. "Meeting with coach Kitchings, he's my
recruiter, coach Doeren and coach Canada.
"You know, the fact that I was able to establish a relationship with
all three of them is really big. I talk to coach Kitchings and coach
Canada basically every day or every other day so that stands out.
They're recruiting me hard."
Coach Kitchings has been one of NC State's top recruiters although
success in South Carolina eluded him with the class of 2014. It
appears he may be on the right track with Bryant, however.
"I like coach Kitchings. We don't even really talk about football
that much. We talk about little stuff. I'm playing basketball right
now so he always asks me how we're doing as a team. He talks
junk to me every now and then and that's just the relationship we've
got. He's also from South Carolina so that's a plus."
Although State struggled in 2013, a consistent theme from the
Wolfpack coaching staff is that success will be rebuilt on the
recruiting trail. That's a message that's apparently resonated with
"Be a part of what's next," said Bryant. That's what they've been
telling me. They're on the rise, rebuilding. The pieces are just
coming together at NC State and in the next few years NC State
should be a team on the rise and one to watch."
Some experts have pegged Ole Miss and Clemson as the two teams to
beat for Bryant's commitment. The rising senior told Pack Pride
that's not quite the case.
"Right now I don't have any top schools but NC State, Clemson and
Ole Miss are high on my list and they're recruiting me hard. I would
just say they're three of the schools I'm looking at right now."
As for Clemson, they recently landed a commitment from 2015 QB
Tucker Israel. Could that have any impact on the Tiger's chances?
"It kind of impacts my decision. I'm supposed to call coach (Chad)
Morris so we can go over more of the details. So I want to hear what
he has to say."
So which schools are showing Bryant the most love currently?
"Right now it's between NC State and Clemson that's recruiting me
the hardest. Also, I'm talking to Tennessee as well."
Bryant is planning to graduate early and hopes to make a decision on
his future college in April or May. He plans to major in physical
Bryant is rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com. He holds offers
from NC State, Clemson, Ole Miss, Duke, Georgia Tech and UNC among
Pack Emerging As Major Player For Bryant
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