Phil Kornblut

Bryant sees Gamecocks for first time this season

Kelly Bryant
Kelly Bryant

QB Kelly Bryant of Wren made his first trip this season to Columbia for a game Saturday to watch USC battle Clemson. He has offers from both schools and both want him as a quarterback.

"It was a really good experience," Bryant said. "It's a crazy, great feeling at Carolina how their fans are and how they react, and how the coaches coach players during the game and how they are towards recruits before the game coming and talking with the families and getting to know us better as not just football players but as a person."

Bryant has carried the label of "athlete" through his career but he emerged this season as a top-notch quarterback prospect, and he's letting it be known he only wants to be a quarterback in college. All the schools which have offered him are treating him that way.

"My main goal was to erase that label as an athlete," he said. "I'm still working on things as a quarterback to improve on just to get better each day each opportunity I have."

This season Bryant passed for 2600 yards and 29 touchdowns and rushed for 1000 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Ole Miss offered him last week joining Clemson, USC, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, NC State and Appalachian State. This season he also went to games at Clemson, North Carolina, NC State, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Georgia and Appalachian State. He plans to visit Louisville and Tennessee for junior days along with Clemson and USC.

Bryant said Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris is personally recruiting him.

"Clemson likes my improvement as the season went on, they liked what they had seen," he said. "They are glad I got to come up to games and spend time with them. I talk with coach Morris a lot. He told me he wants me at Clemson, he could see me at Clemson doing the things we do at Wren because they are similar to the things they do at Clemson."

Bryant said he does not have any favorites and he wants to visit more schools.