College Football Recruiting: Greg Bryant's Decommitment Sparks Recruiting Battle

Jeff JonesCorrespondent IIJuly 31, 2012

Running Back Greg Bryant (courtesy of ESPN)
Running Back Greg Bryant (courtesy of ESPN)

Many saw the writings on the wall, but those chanting “Boomer Sooner” did not want to admit that the commitment of their top recruit may be in jeopardy.

Late Monday night, the No. 28 player in the nation, American Heritage-Boca Delray (Fla.) running back Greg Bryant, confirmed the suspicions of many and decommitted from Oklahoma—the team he pledged to over four months ago.

Though the 5’11”, 195-pound prospect was Oklahoma’s highest rated commit, he was not the only running back committed to the Sooners.  Cypress Ranch (TX.) rusher, Keith Ford, is the number 32 player in the nation—according to ESPN—and remains strongly committed to the Sooners. recruiting analyst, Mike Farrell, cites Bryant’s reason for decomitting as his desire to “play in [the] SEC.”

The South Florida prospect has offers from virtually every major program, but now lists two SEC schools—Auburn and South Carolina—as his only remaining contenders.

For him, there are advantages to picking either school.

In Auburn, Bryant’s powerful frame and running style would fit perfectly in Scot Loeffler’s new pro-style offense—an offense that rushed for the seventh most yards in 2011. 

In South Carolina, Bryant’s elite talent would be showcased in the same system that made Marcus Lattimore an all-conference player, and household name for SEC fans.

Though Bryant has yet to list either school as his leader, the 4-star’s Twitter page—which is filled with supportive comments from Tigers and Gamecocks fans—illustrates how excited he is about his future, wherever it may be.