It's the off-season in high school football but you can chalk up a win for Wren while Abbeville has one slip away. Not a game, but a quarterback.
Rising junior QB and major prospect Kelly Bryant (6-3, 200), who led the Panthers to the Little 2A state championship game last season, has transferred to Wren, Golden Hurricanes coach Jeff Tate confirms to 7 On Your Side.
The Greenwood Index-Journal first reported the news.
Bryant, who has offers from Clemson, South Carolina, Georgia Tech, Appalachian State, and N.C. State, according to the Index-Journal, told Tate he chose Wren because of its academic reputation and he wants to play in a passing offense for his final two seasons at the high school level. Wren uses a spread offense. Abbeville runs the option.
According to Tate, Bryant will live with his legal guardian in the Wren district.
Abbeville coach Jamie Nickles tells the Index-Journal he was not aware of Bryant's reasons for transfering but says he wishes him the best. Bryant was unavailable for comment.
Tate says a Wren guidance counselor told him this past Monday that Bryant had enrolled. He says he was pleasantly surprsied and had never met Bryant and had only seen highlights of Bryant on local highlights shows. Bryant and Tate met for the first time at a team workout Tuesday.
The SCHSL must approve all transfers for a player to be eligible to play immediately. Tate says he'll send Bryant's paper work to the league early next week but isn't sure of the timetable of when they'll render their ruling on whether he's eligible to play in games this season or would have to wait until next year. The league office is closed this week for the July 4th holiday.
High school practice begins in about a month but teams are active during the summer with organized workouts and seven-on-seven passing drills against other schools.
Tate had a returning starting quarterback in rising senior Jacob Clary. He says his initial plan is to put both Bryant and Clary in the backfield at the same time.
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