LOI #18: George Bryan

Wilmington (NC) New Hanover tight end George Bryan has signed with NC State!

TE George Bryan
6-6, 260 pounds, 4.8 seconds in the 40
Wilmington (NC) New Hanover High School

Prospect Ranking: Bryan is rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com, and he is considered the No. 41 offensive tackle prospect in the country. Bryan is rated the No. 17 player in the state of North Carolina by Scout.com. ESPN.com has rated Bryan the No. 16 tight end in the country.

Accomplishments: At 6-foot-6 and 260-pounds, Bryan is a factor at tight end. A two-time all-conference selection, Bryan also played in the 2006 Shrine Bowl where he was awarded the team's Sparky Award as North Carolina's best player throughout practice week.

Academics: Bryan projects as an academic qualifier.

The Recruiting Scene: Bryan committed to NC State last April after earning scholarships from East Carolina, Clemson, North Carolina and South Carolina.

After the coaching change, programs like Clemson, North Carolina, and Florida State tried to get involved, but he firmed up his commitment in January.

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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