Name: George Bryan
Hometown: Wilmington, North Carolina
High School: New Hanover High School
Position: Tight End/Defensive End
Notes: Bryan, who earned offers from NC State, North Carolina, East Carolina, and South Carolina prior to committing, just might be the state's top tight end prospect. He has since added an offer from the Clemson Tigers, and several other programs are expressing interest now that his highlight tape has been shipped out.
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 Quote: "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."
Pack Pride Scouting Report: "It's not that often that you see a 6-6, 255 pound player flexed out at receiver on the prep level. However, that's exactly where NC State commitment George Bryan lines up for New Hanover High School.
"Watching film of Bryan, it's easy to forget that the rising senior is bigger than most high school offensive linemen. He moves extremely well in space and presents a huge target for his quarterback. Most impressive, however, are his hand-eye coordination and ability to make tough grabs with his hands away from his body. In the New Hanover spread offense he is often matched up with a much-smaller defensive back which allows him to routinely out-muscle defenders.
"On limited film, we were equally impressed with Bryan's potential at defensive end. He is cat quick off the edge, stays low and drives into the ball carrier. He does a good job of standing his man up, shedding him and pursuing the ball-carrier." -- Pack Pride Recruiting Analyst Steve Williams
Scout.com Scouting Report: "On defense, George Bryan really gets a chance to show his athleticism as he slants into the backfield and sells his body for the tackle. It is hard to get a good feel for his upper body strength as the only time he is blocked he has some trouble shedding the blocks, but there is no question that he will end up on the offensive side of the ball.
"Bryan has a knack for finding holes in the zone both sitting down in the middle of the field between the backers and New Hanover loves to run him to the corner against cover two. Both require determination, concentration, and soft hands all of which Bryan shows off throughout the film though he does fight the ball at times.
"The interesting thing will be to see how his body grows in college because if his listed 6-5, 250 pound size is correct, with his balance and footspeed, he could end up being a tremendous offensive lineman." -- Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Miller Safrit
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