The Kelly Bryant transfer race will come to an end in a few weeks. On December 4, he will make a choice between his six finalists.
Bryant is weighing his options between Arkansas, Auburn, Miami, Mississippi State, Missouri, and North Carolina.
The Razorbacks have been floated as a potential favorite for Bryant. The team is coached by former Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris, who was heavily involved in Bryant's recruitment before leaving to take over SMU.
It does seem like every team of the six has a good argument for being his choice though.
Kelly Bryant recently did an extensive interview with 247Sports' Keith Neibuhr, and one factor in the quarterback's decision came up over and over.
Bryant was asked about the most important things, and his first was the obvious necessity that his graduate credits will transfer, as well as trust and comfort with his new coaches.
Beyond that, he clearly wants to play for a program that will groom and develop him for the NFL.
247Sports: When it comes to making your upcoming decision, how high up your wish list for a school is a coaching staff’s ability to develop you?
Bryant: “It’s definitely important. One of the main things that I’m looking for in making this decision. I feel like my best ball is still ahead of me. I’m not a finished product. I still have so much to learn and I’m eager to learn. I’m not satisfied by the type of player I am right now."
With Auburn, he mentioned Malzahn's history of improving quarterbacks. Neibuhr mentions that former Auburn superstar Cam Newton is one of Bryant's "childhood idols." Mark Richt's history going back to Georgia brought up similar comments.
With UNC, Bryant discussed former No. 2 pick Mitch Trubisky. Ditto with Missouri and current quarterback Drew Lock, who could be one of the first quarterbacks taken this year. Bryant likes the work that assistant Derek Dooley has done with Lock, and his time in the NFL.
Obviously there is more that goes into it, especially since each of these schools will find ways to tout their ability to develop NFL talent. Clearly Bryant sees this choice as the one that vaults him to the next level of his football career, and it does feel like that will end up being a decisive factor.