"He has decided he wants to go to East Carolina University, which is closer to his home," Richt said in the statement. "We certainly respect his decision and wish him the best in the future."
Bryant is the fourth member of Georgia's 19-man signing class to be denied admission for academic reasons. Bryant, Peach County linebacker Darius Dewberry and Douglass defensive lineman Brandon Sesay all failed to meet NCAA academic requirements. Fort Pierce, Fla., linebacker Jamar Chaney qualified but was denied admission by UGA because his SAT score flagged for suspicion of cheating.
Bryant's case never reached Georgia's admissions committee because the school never received a qualifying test score from him. If he is not able to qualify this summer, he could be accepted at East Carolina as a non-qualifier. Georgia does not accept non-qualifiers.