Former Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant visited Auburn this past week and met with its football coaches, according to a report by The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C.
Bryant took a trip to Auburn on Tuesday, per The State reporter Matt Connolly.
Bryant is seeking out a new team with which to play out his senior season next year. Bryant left Clemson’s team earlier this season after he was supplanted from his starting role by freshman Trevor Lawrence.
Bryant is a senior, but is free to redshirt this season as he only played in Clemson’s first four games this season, and the NCAA’s new redshirt rules implemented before this season allow players to maintain their year of eligibility if they play in fewer than five games.
Bryant should be able to transfer to another program and play immediately next season as a graduate transfer.
Bryant has visited Arkansas, North Carolina, Missouri and now Auburn, per The State’s report. He plans to take a trip to visit Mississippi State soon, according to the report.
Bryant was spotted by TV cameras in the stands at Arkansas’ game with Tulsa earlier this season. Arkansas is in its first season under new head coach Chad Morris, who was previously Bryant’s offensive coordinator at Clemson.
The State reports Bryant said in a text message that he had a good visit with Auburn’s coaches this past Tuesday.
“It was a good trip just sitting down and talking with coach and getting a feel for what they were all about,” Bryant is quoted as saying in the report. “Feel it would be a good situation to be able to step into with the guys they will have coming back on both sides of the ball.”
Bryant led Clemson to the College Football Playoff as a starter last season, throwing for 2,802 yards and 13 touchdowns with eight interceptions on a 65.8-percent completion rate in 2017 season. He rushed for another 665 yards and 11 more scores.
With him at the helm, Clemson won the ACC Championship last season, before losing to Alabama in the College Football Playoff’s national semifinals to finish 12-2.
Auburn starting quarterback Jarrett Stidham is a junior, but he’ll have the ability to enter the NFL Draft this spring, and he’s widely projected to be a high-caliber quarterback in this year’s draft class if he chooses to enter it.
Bryant rolled up 461 total yards and four total touchdowns during Clemson’s 4-0 start to the season, but he left the team after Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney named Lawrence the team’s starter in his place before Clemson’s fifth game this season. Lawrence signed with Clemson as one of the nation’s most highly touted high school players to come out of the spring’s high school class, classified by Rivals, 247Sports and ESPN as a five-star prospect. Lawrence has thrown for 1,490 yards and 16 touchdowns this season.
After Stidham, sophomore Malik Willis is second on Auburn’s current depth chart at quarterback.
Auburn signed four-star star quarterback Joey Gatewood in its last signing class, along with the 23-year-old former minor league baseball player Cord Sandberg.
Bo Nix, a senior at Pinson Valley and the son of former Auburn quarterback Pat Nix, has committed to sign with Auburn as part of this year’s signing class.