Coach: Bryan Is A Special Player

Wilmington (NC) New Hanover assistant coach Chad Ashley talks with Pack Pride about NC State's first 2007 football commitment, George Bryan.

An all-conference and all-area selection as a junior, tight end George Bryan was Wilmington (NC) New Hanover's go-to player on offense.

"He's been going back and forth between tight end and defensive end for us, but he's a player," New Hanover assistant Chad Ashley told Pack Pride. "The thing that stands out the most about him is he's just a big kid. He's nearly 6'6, all of 255 pounds and still very lean.

"The last two years we have had him flexed out as a wide receiver, so that tells you how athletic he is. I think this year he's going to have a little different role because we will probably play him more with his hand on the ground. I think he can be a great blocker, but out in space it's difficult to really tell that."

A three-sport standout for New Hanover, Bryan also plays basketball and baseball.

"He's got terrific hands," said Ashley. "He's definitely a weapon for us.

"He's also our first baseman in baseball and plays in the frontcourt for our basketball team."

Bryan's big junior season attracted major attention from college scouts, and in the past few weeks he began touring different campuses across the region.

"He's got terrific hands. He's definitely a weapon for us."

"I know he went up to ECU, and they offered him," said Ashley. "He went up to NC State for a practice, and they offered him. The same with North Carolina and South Carolina. He visited both of them and they offered. He's the type of kid that just stands out right away with his frame.

"He's just a great kid, and he comes from a good family. He's coachable, and I think he's a special player."

Despite the early interest, Bryan recently committed to NC State.

"Yeah, I committed to State this evening," said Bryan told Pack Pride on Monday. "I've always been a State fan my whole life. My entire family loves State and my uncle gets season tickets every year. It's just always been my dream to play for State. I've been to a bunch of games up there and I just love the atmosphere.

"They were the ones I was always waiting for to send me something. When State finally offered, I've got to be honest, I started crying. I could just see how happy it made my dad and uncle in their eyes. It was really overwhelming."

New Hanover will use a different offensive scheme in 2006, and Ashley expects Bryan to spend more time as a conventional tight end while also impacting at defensive end.

"He will be with his hand down a lot this year," Ashley said. "He's a weapon, and we think he can help us a lot as a blocker too.

"He will still play defense for us, but I think he plays offense in college. He's got a lot of upside to him."

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