Five-star running back Greg Bryant is planning on taking an official visit to Notre Dame, and that's great news for the Fighting Irish. The bad news is that Brian Kelly and his staff have their work cut out for them, as they'll have to out-recruit the two SEC programs currently on top of his interest list, Auburn and South Carolina, according to 247Sports.
Notre Dame does find themselves rounding out Bryant's top four along with Florida State, so they have to feel pretty good about the fact that the 5-star running back will be using one of his officials to visit South Bend, per Jake Brown of IrishIllustrated.com:
Five-star running back Greg Bryant, a one-time Oklahoma commitment, plans to use an official visit to check out the Irish up close after falling off the recruiting board earlier in the process. The U.S. Army All-American will make the trip to South Bend the weekend of Dec. 7, his father confirmed in a text message.
Notre Dame first offered Bryant a scholarship in January.
This could end up being a huge recruiting moment for the Fighting Irish and their 2013 class, so they're going to have to do everything they can to provide Bryant with a better pitch than both of the SEC schools that he's interested in.
Thankfully for Notre Dame, they have a ton to offer the 5-star recruit.
First and foremost, there's the fact that they'll be playing in the National Championship game this season. While that doesn't directly impact Bryant, it goes a long way in showing him that Kelly and his staff can coach up a team that can compete nationally, and considering how strong their 2013 class is looking, it's safe to say that Notre Dame will be a contender for years to come—and that will directly impact Bryant.
At the moment, Auburn is rebuilding and searching for a new coach, and South Carolina always has a tough road to the title considering they are in the SEC East with both Georgia and Florida. Out of the three schools, the Fighting Irish have the most opportunities to win a National Championship in the next four to five years, not including this season.
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Notre Dame provides Bryant with the chance to win big, but they'll also have room for him on their depth chart so he's not just watching from the sideline
Their two main rushers, Theo Reddick and Cierre Wood, are both seniors, so the depth chart is very favorable for a 5-star back like Bryant. Plus Kelly only has one rusher committed to his class in 3-star running back Jamel James.
At 5'11'', 197 pounds according to Rivals, Bryant is big enough to be effective on runs up the middle in the power-running game, but he's also fast, athletic and agile enough to be a home run threat on long runs. He really is an all-purpose back, and Notre Dame's offense would be a great fit for him.
Bryant could be the featured offensive recruit for a program that has some very serious National Championship aspirations both now and in the future. If that's not enough of a pitch to get a 5-star recruit to commit, then I don't know what is.
It's always tough to out-recruit the SEC, but Notre Dame is set up nicely to have a shot at landing the 5-star running back.