Monday, June 30, 2014

Former NC State QB Shirreffs transferring to UConn

Bryant Shirreffs nearly landed at Yale after an outstanding high school career at Jefferson (Georgia) High School.

Well, he will end up playing in the state Connecticut after all as he announced earlier today that he was transferring to UConn after spending his freshman season at North Carolina State. The story was first reported by the Hartford Courant.

"I was very open and I didn't know what to expect when I went to UConn," Shirreffs said. "I was impressed with Coach (Bob) Diaco and I think there is a bright future here.

"When I came up here, seeing how hard everybody was working with (strength and conditioning) Coach (Matt) Balis, it was something I wanted to be a part of."

Shirreffs, the Georgia AA Player of the Year in 2013, saw action in eight games as a true freshman at North Carolina State mostly as the quarterback in the wildcat formation. He finished fifth on the team with 158 rushing yards while completing four of five passes for 17 yards including the Wolfpack's first passing touchdown of the season. That came against Richmond in the second game of the season as he had a 7-yard TD pass and 28-yard scoring run in the game.

Shirreffs threw for 2,369 yards and 18 touchdowns and ran for an additional 1,372 yards and 20 more scores as a senior at Jefferson High as he led his Jefferson High School team to the Georgia 2A state championship. He finished his career with more than 7,500 yards of total offense.

Shirreffs will need to sit out during the upcoming season due to NCAA transfer regulations but he will have three years of eligibility remaining.

He said that is expecting to arrive on campus in the next week or so.

"The last couple of weeks have been hectic," Shirreffs said. "I packed up (at NC State), went home to Georgia and now I am getting ready to go up to UConn."

Shirreffs was named to the Atlantic Coast Conference All-Academic team as a freshman and he was recruited heavily by Ivy League schools and was expected to pick between Yale and Dartmouth before NC State came in late and offered him a scholarship.

Shirreffs' news comes not too long after another quarterback hailing from Georgia (redshirt freshman Kivon Taylor) left the program and the school.


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