Mark Richt weighs in on how recent losses have affected recruiting
The University of Miami’s interest in Clemson grad transfer quarterback Kelly Bryant apparently is mutual.
Bryant has set up his fifth and final official visit to UM on Nov. 23 through 25, according to Rivals.com.
Bryant will visit the Hurricanes the weekend they play host to Pittsburgh in their regular-season finale. If the Hurricanes lose at Virginia Tech on Saturday, they will need to win that Pitt game to be bowl eligible.
Bryant has taken official visits to North Carolina, Arkansas and Missouri and will visit Mississippi State this week. He also will take a mid-week unofficial visit to Auburn the week of Nov. 19-23, according to Rivals.
The Hurricanes began pursuing Bryant a bit over a week ago when they determined they might want a veteran quarterback to start for them next season, if they can find the right fit. Bryant is eligible to play next season, his final year of college eligibility. UM coach Mark Richt spoke with Bryant last Monday, as Canesport.com first reported.
Rivals’ Woody Womack reports UM has “made some inroads with Bryant.”
Bryant left Clemson after he was demoted in favor of Trevor Lawrence early this season. He was 16-2 as a starter for Clemson, with 16 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions. In 30 career games played he completed 311 of 470 passes (66.2 percent) for 3,338 and also had 973 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns.
Bryant will not make a decision until Dec. 4, according to Rivals.
“The teams that are reaching out to him are looking for that veteran quarterback with that experience,” a source close to Bryant told Rivals recruiting reporter Woody Wommack. “He won’t know what he’ll do until after he talks more in depth with the coaches.”
Using the NFL’s passer rating formula, Bryant had an 88.7 rating last year, compared with Perry’s 87.6 this year. Bryant’s rating was 97.6 this year but he threw only 53 passes before losing his job.
But UM appears, at this point, to prefer Bryant over one of its younger quarterbacks - at least for 2019. Bryant likely would only go to a school where he is practically assured of being the starter.
Perry has completed 69 of 128 passes for 866 yards with 11 touchdowns and five interceptions.
Richt praised Perry’s performance against Georgia Tech, though he threw for only 165 yards in the game, with no touchdowns or interceptions.
Perry has three years of eligibility remaining after this one, as does Cade Weldon, who recently came off a four-game suspension and has appeared in only one game.
Jarren Williams will have four years of eligibility remaining even if he plays in the final two regular-season games and a bowl game, if UM qualifies for one. The NCAA, for the first time, is allowing players to redshirt who play in four games or fewer — if they haven’t redshirted previously — and Williams has appeared in only one game, the blowout of Savannah State.
Former starter Malik Rosier’s eligibility will expire after this season.
UM quarterbacks coach Jon Richt said in August that the school was no longer pursuing a high school quarterback. Earlier this summer, UM lost out to Penn State in a battle for Oregon-based four-star senior Michael Johnson Jr.
▪ UM’s finale against Pitt was set for 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 24 and will be televised by ESPN or ESPN2, the ACC announced Monday.