After spending two seasons on the Eastern Illinois football team, Dawson County High School alumni Bryson Broadway announced on Twitter his plans of transferring to Georgia State University in Atlanta to continue his football career.
According to Broadway, he initially began having thoughts of transferring midway through his sophomore season. Towards the end of the season, a hamstring injury sidelined him. He did not play the last game and announced his plans to transfer the following Sunday.
“I’m going to miss the people the most for sure,” Broadway said. “That’s the hardest part about leaving EIU. Some of these guys will be in my wedding one day, some lifelong best friends.”
Broadway said the main reason for leaving Eastern Illinois, where he started five games on the offensive line in his first season, was not being able to go home and see family whenever he wanted. However, he would not go back in time and change his decision to attend EIU in the first place, saying the experience helped him “mature and appreciate the little things more.”
During the recruiting process, Broadway received plenty of offers from other Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) schools, which would have been lateral moves as far as competition goes. It was not until being in the transfer portal for three days that Broadway received a call from Georgia State University, who played in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS).
“Once GSU gave me the call, I realized that I couldn’t pass up on that opportunity to fulfill my dreams and compete at a higher level,” Broadway said. “The fact they’re consistently winning is awesome, the coaching staff has been there for five years and they’ve been to a bowl game four times out of their five years.”
“The coaches and players are great guys that seem eager to work each and every day. Also the fact that they’re an FBS school is big for me, I’ve always wanted to play at that level and now I finally can.”
Georgia State finished with an overall record of 7-5 this past regular season in the Sun Belt Conference and will play Ball State University in the TaxAct Camellia Bowl at 2:30 p.m. on Christmas day.
Overall, Broadway said the transfer process taught him to never settle and be ready for whatever life has to throw at him next.
Broadway has three years of NCAA eligibility left.