"I am still solid to [NC] State, [and] it's a strong commitment," George Bryan told Pack Pride. "Clemson has now offered, and a lot of people have said they didn't know about me so I think I will get some more. Virginia Tech, Auburn, Illinois, Tennessee, Georgia Tech, and Wake Forest have been showing interest, but they haven't offered yet like the other colleges."
Bryan, who earned offers from NC State, North Carolina, East Carolina, and South Carolina prior to committing, still believes he has made the best choice for him.
"I liked the atmosphere down there, and I've always liked them," he said. "My whole family is all about NC State, especially my dad and my uncle. They were real proud when I committed, and everyone is still happy about it.
"State throws the ball to the tight ends a lot, and I think I can fit in well with what they do. I like the depth chart, and I feel I can play pretty early there. I'm not saying I want to come in and start right away, but I want to have that chance and I think I can get it at State. I like the coaches, and I just think it's the best place for me."
At 6-foot-6 and 255 pounds, Bryan has been timed at 4.8-seconds in the 40-yard dash. He plays both ways for New Hanover, starting as a tight end and defensive end, but he's being recruited to play on the offensive side of the ball.
This past season was a breakout year for Bryan as he tallied eight touchdowns en route to all-conference and all-area honors.
"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.
"He's the type of kid that just stands out right away with his frame."
Bryan played basketball and baseball this season for New Hanover, and says that he has since lost some weight. However he hopes to add it back on before his senior season.
|"It will feel good to put the pads on and play against some of the best guys in the state."|
"I'm about 6-foot-6 and 245 pounds right now," he said. "I've just lost a lot of weight because I'm trying to put on good weight for next year. When I started last season I was about 260 pounds, and I played last season at 255 pounds. Now I'm trying to get back up to that with good weight."
Bryan will have a chance to put on the pads again this weekend as he will head to Chapel Hill for the invite-only Shrine Bowl combine. Because his New Hanover baseball team lost in the third round of the state playoffs, Bryan has a chance to square off against some of the state's top football prospects.
"I've had baseball games every weekend so I haven't had a chance to go to any of those combines," he said. "I sent in my highlight tape to the Shrine Bowl coaches, and they invited me to the combine at UNC. Since we lost our game tonight, I'll be going up to the Shrine Bowl combine.
"It will feel good to put the pads on and play against some of the best guys in the state."
Bryan's expecting to have a huge senior season. He was New Hanover's go-to player in 2005, often being matched up in space with small cornerbacks. Because of his athleticism, the New Hanover coaches used him in a variety of ways, often playing him flexed out and even calling designed bubble screens to get Bryan the ball.
"I love it," said Bryan. "I like being flexed out and being able to run routes. I like blocking and this year I will get to do more of that, but I like flexing out and making plays in the open field."
"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's got those terrific hands."