He fills a huge need for the Wolfpack. A freak athlete, he measured in at 6-foot and 322 pounds 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.
Bryant participated in the Shrine Bowl and totaled six tackles, three and a half tackles for a loss, and two sacks from his defensive tackle position.