Scout Ranking: ***
Scout Rank: No. 81 Defensive Tackle
Size: 6-2 330 Pounds
Hometown: North Charleston (SC)
School: Fort Dorchester High School
Projected Position At NC State: Defensive Tackle
Accolades: An all-State Selection and Shrine Bowl Pick, Bryant totaled over 50 tackles and 17 tackles for a loss.
He was terrific in the Shrine Bowl, recording six tackles and two sacks for South Carolina.
Commit Date: February 3, 2015
Recruiting Scene: NC State has been recruiting Bryant behind-the-scenes for a while now and hosted him over the weekend for an official visit. He also reportedly took an official visit to Georgia and was scheduled to visit East Carolina but tripped to NC State instead.
He fills a huge need for the Wolfpack. A freak athlete, he measured in at 6-foot and 322pounds at last summer's Shrine Bowl combine and recorded an astounding 5.12 40-yard dash. He can throw a football 65 yards, played some tailback as a senior, and is also a standout baseball player for Fort Dorchester.
Fort Dorchester has produced several standout defensive linemen over the years, including NFL stars Carlos Dunlap and Robert Quinn.
“When you talk about Quinn and Dunlap, you think of all the things they have done since they left high school," Fort Dorchester head coach Steve LaPrad told the Post Courier last summer. "As far as importance and impact that he can have on our team, Big E is better than all of them.
“He's freakish. He can throw a football 65 yards on a line right now, better than anyone we have. I tell every recruiter that comes through here, nobody they are recruiting can block him. He's as good as I've had.”
Grades have been a concern and some high-major programs may have been turned off by his lack of ideal height, but NC State needed another defensive tackle and Bryant fits what they are looking for up front.
Picked NC State Over: Kentucky, East Carolina, and Georgia Southern among others
Scouting Report: “A big, burly defensive tackle who commands double teams in the trenches, Bryant can also get in the backfield and disrupt the passing game.”-- Pack Pride Scouting Report