New Hanover tight end George Bryan has found the coverage on him in 2006 to be just as tight as the interest shown in his services by college recruiters over the summer. Bryan, an NC State commit, is often the focus of opposing defenses and that strategy seems to be a successful one so far this season.
"Right now we're 2-4, but we're 1-0 in our conference," Bryan recently told Pack Pride. "But I think just about all the teams we've played have been ranked in the top ten. Everyone either double or triple teams me but that helps our other wide receiver get open. They still flex me out on offense, but I do a lot of blocking as well. But really, none of that matters that much to me because I just want to do what I can to help the team win."
That team first attitude is apparently just one of the attributes that intrigued the Wolfpack coaching staff and helped to make Bryan an early priority for the class of 2007. At 6-6, 255 pounds, the three-star tight end moves extremely well for his size and has tremendous pass-catching ability. Last year he snagged eight touchdown passes en route to all conference and all area honors.
|"I just want to do what I can to help the team win."|
Bryan committed to NC State last April after earning scholarships from East Carolina, Clemson, North Carolina and South Carolina.
Bryan, an admitted NC State fan growing up, has attended all three of the Wolfpack's home games this season but was blown away by State's last second, come-from-behind victory over Boston College.
"Man, it was going crazy down there (in the recruit section)," he said. "I loved it. Everybody in our section was hyped up, and I really liked seeing that."
Despite Bryan's commitment to NC State, he continues to hear from several programs but maintains he's still solid for the Wolfpack.
"I'm still getting a lot of mail from a bunch of schools but the main ones are East Carolina, Clemson and UNC," said Bryan. "Clemson text messages me a lot. But State, they're still good, and that's where I'm going."
Bryan projects as an academic qualifier and is rated the No. 25 player in North Carolina by SuperPrep magazine.
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."
Coach Quote: "He's been going back and forth between tight end and defensive end for us, but he's a player. 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."|
"He's the type of kid that just stands out right away with his frame." -- New Hanover assistant Chad Ashley
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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