Former Clemson quarterback and Arkansas transfer target Kelly Bryant took to Twitter on Dec. 4 to announce via a pre-recorded video that he will spend his final season of eligibility at Missouri next year.
Bryant decided to redshirt his senior year at Clemson and transfer elsewhere after freshman Trevor Lawrence overtook the starting role at the beginning of the 2018 season. As soon as he made his request public, the recruitment process began.
The former Tiger chose Missouri over Auburn, Mississippi State, North Carolina and Arkansas.
Razorback coach Chad Morris and the entire staff adamantly tried to recruit Bryant to Arkansas, and many speculated the move to Fayetteville would happen because of their shared history. Morris recruited Bryant to Clemson while Morris served as the offensive coordinator under head coach Dabo Swinney in 2015. Bryant was listed as the 10th best dual-threat quarterback prospect in the country that year, according to ESPN.
Bryant took official visits to each of his options’ campuses over the course of the season. He visited Fayetteville on Oct. 21 during the Hogs’ 23-0 shutout win over Tulsa, the Razorbacks’ second and final victory of the season.
He visited Columbia the very next week on Oct. 27 during the Tigers’ close 15-14 loss to Kentucky.
During his junior year, Bryant led the Tigers to a 12-2 record and a win over Miami for the ACC Championship, but came up short for the national title against the Tide. Bryant threw for 2,802 yards and 13 touchdowns in his first year as a starter and also rushed for 665 yards and scored another 11 touchdowns.
At Missouri, Bryant will be replacing graduating senior Drew Lock behind center. Lock leaves Mizzou after recording 3,125 yards and 25 passing touchdowns, as well as six rushing touchdowns this season. With Lock, Missouri’s offense was fourth in the SEC in total yards gained, with 5,626, and also fourth in passing yards per game with 271.58.
Just minutes after Bryant announced his decision, former Razorback wide receiver Jonathan Nance followed suit and also declared via Twitter his commitment to the Tigers. Nance, like Bryant, also decided to utilize a redshirt for his senior season and transfer in search of more playing time after appearing in just one game this season for the Hogs against Colorado State on Sept. 8.
The Hogs will meet Nance, Bryant and the Tigers next season on Nov. 30, 2019 in the annual Battle Line Rivalry game. Next year’s matchup will be played at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.