Name: George Bryan
Hometown: Wilmington, North Carolina
High School: New Hanover High School
Position: Tight End/Linebacker
Notes: George Bryan, who earned early offers from NC State, North Carolina, East Carolina, and South Carolina prior to committing to the Wolfpack, may be the state's top senior tight end prospect.
At 6-foot-6 and 260 pounds, Bryan has been timed at 4.8-seconds in the 40-yard dash. He played both ways for New Hanover, starting as a tight end and middle linebacker, but he was recruited to play on the offensive side of the ball.
After a breakout junior season for Bryan where he tallied eight touchdowns en route to all-conference and all-area honors, he was again stellar in 2006. Clemson, Florida State, and Virginia Tech continued to pursue Bryan after Chuck Amato was fired, but he inked with the Wolfpack after firming up his commitment while in Raleigh for his official visit.
Coach Quote: "They don't get any better. To be honest with you, he's the type of kid, if he can stay healthy … I've had five kids I've felt like had a chance to go to the NFL, and he's one of them. And the other four are there.
"A lot of people see him and think that [he could play tackle]. Most college tight ends now are 220 to 230 pounds, and he's never going to be that—he's already 265. He can be a tackle, but the thing is, there are a lot of kids that can be tackles, [but] he does things in space with his body. And his hands are unbelievable; I don't care if you're 6-1, 185 pounds or if you're 6-6, 264.
"If you're looking for a big tight end, he could get it done." -- New Hanover Head Coach Kevin Motsinger
O'Brien Quote: "The institutional motivation in his situation is very strong for him to come to NC State, which is very good. We liked his athleticism and we certainly liked his size. He looks like the type of player that can help us down the road." -- NC State Head Coach Tom O'Brien
Bryan Quote: "I always wanted to play for State. The location was close and I liked the staff.
"I've always wanted to play for State; I've been a State fan since I can remember." -- George Bryan
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 [Bryan] 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." -- 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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