17 Oct Kelly Bryant excited for Arkansas visit, chance to catch up with Chad Morris
Bryant on Morris: ‘Who wouldn’t want to play for a coach like that?’
By Bart Pohlman
Arkansas coach Chad Morris might have an ace up his sleeve when it comes to recruiting Clemson grad transfer Kelly Bryant—he’s responsible for recruiting the quarterback to the Tigers in the first place.
Bryant, who’s on an official visit to Fayetteville this weekend, joined Sports Talk with Bo Mattingly on Wednesday and said it’s just like old times for him and Morris.
“He’s the guy who recruited me to Clemson, so that relationship is real strong,” Bryant said of Morris. “I’ve been talking to him. It just seems like we’re picking up right where we left off when I was coming out as a senior in high school.”
Bryant said Morris’ coaching acumen is a big plus for him.
“The guy is so knowledgeable,” Bryant said. “He brings so much enthusiasm to coaching, how he coaches his players. Who wouldn’t want to play for a coach like that? He’s all about the players, and all about finding those little things to get better.”
As for whether a not a team’s 2018 season will impact his decision, Bryant said it doesn’t and that anything can change in a year.
A native of Calhoun Falls, S.C., Bryant played in the first four games of the season for the Tigers, completing 66.7 percent of his passes for 461 yards with two touchdowns and one interception, before being replaced by five-star freshman Trevor Lawrence.
As a junior, Bryant completed 65.8 percent of his passes for 2,802 yards with 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also ran for 665 yards and 11 touchdowns while leading Clemson to a 12-2 record and a berth in the College Football Playoff.
Despite the successes, Bryant said he thinks his best football is still to come.
“I feel like the best ball is still ahead of me,” he said. “I’m so eager to learn and continue to push myself, to work, because I’m not a finished product. I just feel like the best ball is still ahead of me, and I still have a ways to go to be even close to be what I see myself being.”
Arkansas is the second visit for Bryant, after taking an unofficial visit to North Carolina last weekend. But Bryant cautions that it’s still early in the process, and isn’t close to making a final decision.
He is, however, excited to see what’s waiting for him in Fayetteville this weekend.
“I heard about the fans. I’ve seen it all over my Twitter feed and my Instagram,” Bryant said. “Seeing the atmosphere, getting a feel for the type of environment I’m walking into, trying to find my new home. I’ve heard so much about Arkansas. I just want to see what they have to offer.”
To listen to the full interview with Bryant on Sports Talk, click below: