N.C. State Quarterback Transfers To UConn

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Bryant Shirreffs, a 6-3, 228-pound sophomore who played nine games for N.C.State as a freshman has committed to the UConn football program for the 2015 season.

He has to sit out this season under NCAA transfer rules but will have four years to graduate and three years to play.

Shirreffs of Jefferson, Ga., will add depth to the position which is down this year with the loss of Kivon Taylor who decided to transfer. Next year, the Huskies will be getting a player with ACC playing experience, who adds depth and most importantly will elevate the competition between him Casey Cochran, Tim Boyle and newcomer Tyler Davis.

Clemson's Carlos Watkins, left, Stephone Anthony, center, and Corey Crawford tie up North Carolina State's Bryant Shirreffs (14) with Clemson's Robert Smith (27) nearby during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. Clemson won 26-14.

“N.C. State is nice but when you don’t necessarily trust who you’re playing for or really don’t like believe in the system I don’t think it’s useful to stay in a place you can’t succeed,” Shirreffs told me.. “And you can try as hard as you can but if you don’t feel like you can succeed, you’re thinking about leaving, you’re not all in or fully committed to that school so that’s what I felt.  I believe it wasn’t good for me or the team for me to be there.”

Shirreffs visited UConn Thursday…

“It was amazing,” he said. “I’m a Finance Major and obviously that can change but it’s a bigger school and it’s really good. And I like how the campus is kind of enclosed and 80 percent of the students stay on campus.  They’re kind of forced to interact with each other and there seems to be a lot of school spirit. Everyone is really nice.”

Shirreffs is leaving N.C. State for an opportunity to play in a system that he feels comfortable, He likes the spread. The Wolfpack is set to start Florida transfer Jacoby Brissett who was there when Shirreffs was there, too. He said they are good friends and that had little to do with his decision.

“He was there before I even went. I’m good friends with Jacoby and I have a lot of respect for him. I guess that’s part of the situation but he was there before. I knew I would be competing with so that wasn’t a big determining factor.”

We’ll mention it but you probably know the young man is transferring in from the ACC.

“The American is a good conference if you really look at it. There’s some really good teams in it but I just think UConn is in a great location and with the new coaching staff, as a program, within the next couple years we’ll make a run in the conference.”

Yale, Penn, Temple, Western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee State were among the schools in addition to UConn Shirreffs was looking at.




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