Former Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant set for recruiting visit to North Carolina

Clemson granted quarterback Kelly Bryant his release forms earlier this month and placed no restrictions on where he could transfer. Bryant could land close to home.

He will visit Clemson’s Atlantic Coast Conference neighbor North Carolina on Saturday during the Tar Heels’ game against Virginia Tech.

North Carolina competes in the ACC Coastal Division and faces Clemson in the regular season only once every eight years. However, that rare meeting will occur in 2019. Back in Death Valley.

Bryant announced plans to transfer on Sept. 26, two days after he was demoted to backup in favor of freshman Trevor Lawrence. Bryant is the fourth quarterback to transfer from Clemson since January. None of the previous quarterbacks transferred within the conference.

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Bryant has graduated from Clemson, and, under the recently updated NCAA redshirt regulations, because he played in just four games, Bryant did not exhaust his final year of eligibility.

Upon the revelation of his transfer plans, Bryant was immediately expected to field overtures from Southeastern Conference schools like Auburn, Florida and Arkansas, programs that recruited him originally and have quarterback needs.

North Carolina was not on the speculation radar, especially considering coach Larry Fedora’s presumed lack of job security after a 1-3 start that included a loss to East Carolina. Yet, before the 2017 season, Fedora signed a seven-year contract extension worth $19 million.

If he remains the coach, Fedora can offer Bryant command of a fast-paced offense that will capitalize on his running ability but also allow him to pass downfield.

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