Quarterback Bryant Shirreffs, who led Jefferson High School to the 2012 Class AA state championship in Georgia, announced on Wednesday that he is transferring from N.C. State.
The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder played in nine games at quarterback for N.C. State this past season as a true freshman.
“I just realized that in the next couple of years, my services at quarterback will be better at somewhere other than N.C. State,” Shirreffs told the AJC. “Just football-wise, it was a tough decision over the last couple of months thinking about it. And I just went with it last week.
“I’m going with my gut feeling – about the situation at N.C. State and what I want out of my career. That’s the basis of my decision.
Florida transfer Jacoby Brissett (a redshirt junior) is expected to start at quarterback at N.C. State after sitting out last season. Shirreffs considered moving to other positions, including a stint at fullback this spring, to get on the field.
“I want to stay at quarterback — which I could stay at quarterback at N.C. State,” he said. “I am feeling pretty confident about my skills right now. And I want to play.
“Jacoby is one of my best friends, but he’s going to be the starter for the next three years. That’s what it looks like. I have the confidence, and I feel pretty good where I’m at as a quarterback, to where I’m tired of thinking about playing other positions.
“I just want to be set at quarterback, which I finally was at N.C. State. But it’s just going to be better for me to go somewhere else.”
Shirreffs said his release allows him to transfer to anywhere but another ACC school or a team on N.C. State’s schedule next season, which includes Georgia Southern, Old Dominion, South Florida and Presbyterian. He’s already had some contact with representatives from Big East and Conference USA schools.
“It just depends on the best fit of the school,” Shirreffs said. “The size of the school weighs my decision. If I go down a level, I can play immediately.
“If I find a school I really like, that would be an easy decision. I’m talking to some schools right now. It’s going to be the place that I feel the best about the football situation and academics. I’m really trying to get a good degree.”
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