Former Clemson QB Kelly Bryant has chose Missouri as a grad transfer. What does it all mean for the SEC and the Tigers?
Last year at this time, Kelly Bryant was the star of the No. 1 team in the country as Clemson rolled into the College Football Playoff. A year later, Clemson is No. 2 in the CFP rankings, and Bryant is still a Tiger – but for Missouri.
One of the top grad transfer/free agent quarterbacks out there since he announced he was leaving Clemson, he might have been a fit at Arkansas, Auburn, and a slew of other places in need of a boost.
And now he’s at Mizzou.
5. What is Missouri getting?
Bryant was a nice recruit for Clemson, but he wasn’t the type of be-all-end-all prospect who seemed to be a sure-thing to take over for Deshaun Watson and get the program back to the College Football Playoff.
Ohio State, Auburn, and Florida were just a few of the other schools who wanted the four-star prospect, but he committed early on to Clemson in 2014.
Good enough to get in a little work in his first two seasons, all he had to do was step in for Watson and keep it all going. He was solid as a passer last season, completing 66% of his throws with 13 touchdown passes, running for 665 yards and 11 scores.
He gave up eight picks, but two of them came in the CFP Sugar Bowl wipeout against Alabama.
At 6-4 and 220 pounds, he has the right NFL size, he’s a strong competitor, and he has the mobility to do a little of everything for an offense.
And Missouri is getting a guy with a massive chip on his shoulder.
He left Clemson because Trevor Lawrence is No. 1-overall-pick special, and because he wants to develop into an NFL-caliber starter, too.
It’s going to take a bit to get there, but he’s got the tools and the upside to get there. Now he needs the offense to show off, and in place of future pro starter Drew Lock, he’ll get his chance.