By Hale McGranahan.
Hoping to get an early start to their college careers, almost all of Clemson’s 2015 commitments will enroll in January. Over the next few weeks, TheClemsonInsider will take an individual look at each player who will arrive next month.
Kelly Bryant (6-4, 205)
4-Star (Rivals) 3-Star (Scout, 247)
His Background. Bryant first made a name for himself by guiding Abbeville to a state championship during his freshman year. That spring, the offers started rolling in. South Carolina was first. Clemson followed two weeks later when Braynt attend a Junior Day event. Clemson was always the team to beat. Before his junior year, Bryant transferred to Wren. That spring, he committed to Clemson. In two seasons at Wren, Bryant passed for 6,235 yards with 70 touchdowns and rushed for 1,894 yards and 32 touchdowns.
Quick Analysis. Bryant is an ideal fit for the hurry-up, no-huddle offense that Chad Morris introduced to Clemson in 2011. With his size, speed and athleticism, Bryant has the goods to make a difference as a ball carrier. There was a time when his skills as a passer weren’t quite at the same level. But Bryant has made tremendous strides over the last three years, improving his mechanics, to help make him a true dual-threat quarterback.
This Spring. With Deshaun Watson sidelined for the spring because of a torn ACL, Bryant will share first-team reps with fellow freshman Tucker Israel. Veteran Nick Schuessler will also be in the mix this spring. The trio will have a chance to make a case to be Watson’s backup in 2015 and beyond.