Elite RB Greg Bryant De-Commits from Oklahoma: Does Auburn Lead?

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IAugust 8, 2012

Elite RB Greg Bryant De-Commits from Oklahoma: Does Auburn Lead?

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    American Heritage School in Delray Beach, Florida boasts being home to one of the best high school football players in the nation in running back Greg Bryant. Bryant has been a very productive runner for the AHS and that has netted him a lot of attention from the nation's best college football programs.

    Bryant decided to commit to Oklahoma this past spring and his recruitment was thought to be over. However, on July 30th, Bryant announced that he had de-commited from Oklahoma and Auburn was thick in the picture.

    Does that mean the Tigers are in the lead to land the stud RB now? Come inside and let's find out.

Who Is Greg Bryant?

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    Bryant is the son of Greg Bryant, who's a football coach in his own right. Known as "Lil Greg" to some, Bryant is a RB prospect that has a 4-star rating from Rivals.com, Scout.com and ESPNU.

    Bryant rushed for 2180 yards and 25 TDs as a junior, averaging nearly 10 yards per carry. He also caught nine passes for 272 yards and nine TDs.

    He's ranked No. 28 in the Rivals 100, 30th nationally by ESPNU and sits at No. 61 in the Scout 300. 

Greg Bryant Scouting Report

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    Bryant stands right around 5'10" and weighs a bit over 200 pounds. The Florida back is a downhill attacker out of his stance and starts and runs well behind his pads.

    He shows great run instincts, vision and will use patience when necessary. Yet, Bryant is at his best coming downhill and attacking the front seven where he can flash a good burst to slam through alleys and has very good run strength.

    He shows some quickness and elusiveness to get around defenders, but Bryant knows he can gain yards after contact which allows him to challenge potential tacklers. There are RBs in this class that are faster than Bryant and who show more sudden explosiveness, but he runs as hard, smart and tough as anyone in the country. 

Decommitment from Oklahoma

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    According to a report from Scout.com, the main reason Oklahoma no longer has a pledge from Bryant is the fact that the Sooners are not in the SEC.

    Playing in the SEC is just something that heavily intrigues the Florida runner and Oklahoma can not offer that. That is basically the main reason for Bryant's de-commitment from Oklahoma, according to Scout.com

Schools in Consideration

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    With the SEC being the conference of Bryant's choice, now it comes down to exactly which school in the conference Bryant wants to play at.

    Based on his updated 247Sports.com profile, Bryant's top four choices are Auburn, South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama.  

    Those are four great choices and he told Scout.com that he'll likely take his official visits and make his decision after his senior season. 

Does Auburn Lead?

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    Bryant took an unofficial visit to Auburn is the earlier portion of the summer. Scout.com reports that the trip was impressive and Bryant told them he will take an official trip to The Plains this fall. 

    Rivals.com lists Bryant's interest in Auburn as "high", but they also list South Carolina and Georgia of high interests for Bryant, too. Also, do not count out Alabama because we all know the juggernaut of a recruiting machine the Crimson Tide are.

    Overall, Auburn has a great chance and is one of Bryant's leaders, but there is still a lot of time left. 


    Edwin Weathersby has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns and the Las Vegas Gladiators of the Arena League. He spent a year evaluating prep prospects & writing specific recruiting and scouting content articles for Student Sports Football (now ESPN Rise-HS). A syndicated scout and writer, he's also contributed to WeAreSC.com, GatorBait.net and Diamonds in the Rough Inc., a College Football and NFL Draft magazine.