Greg Bryant to Notre Dame: Fighting Irish Land Top-Ranked Football Recruit

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistDecember 9, 2012

Tom Hauck/ESPN
Tom Hauck/ESPN

Highly sought-after running back Greg Bryant will be taking his talents to Notre Dame according to

#NotreDame has landed a commitment from five-star running back Greg Bryant during his official visit ($):

— Irish Illustrated (@NDatRivals) December 9, 2012

Also according to Rivals, Bryant is a 5-star prospect and the second-ranked running back in the country. ESPN has him as 4-star recruit but also as the second overall running back, making his signing a major coup.

He had originally committed to Oklahoma but opted out of that commitment early in his senior season.

The senior from American Heritage-Boca Delray High is the prototypical running back, combining a sturdy frame and power with excellent speed and agility. He's listed at 5'11" and 197 pounds.

ESPN offered the following scouting report on the talented runner:

He has great feet and the quicks to make defenders miss at the line of scrimmage and in the open field. A short-stepper with very sharp and controlled cutting, change-of-direction and overall lateral movements. Vision, ability to read linebacker flow on the run and patience as a runner are at a premium level, and his experience toting the rock is quickly apparent. He sees and picks up hidden yardage with great cutbacks often through tight seams. Has both a cutback/pick-and-slide style, but will jitterbug at times in traffic looking for big play that won't be there at the next level. He flashes good burst out of his cuts to get downhill or bounce to the corner, and is a polished inside and outside zone runner. Makes a sharp upfield plant on stretch and cut runs.

The only running back graded higher on most scouting sites is Kelvin Taylor, who also hails from Florida and is the son of Fred Taylor. 

As a junior, Bryant led his team to a state championship, accumulating 2,452 yards from scrimmage and 27 touchdowns.

He couldn't lead Heritage-Delray to a second straight title this year, however, and according to his production dropped somewhat this season, accounting for 1,755 yards and 20 total touchdowns.

Hardly shabby stuff, of course. One wonders if defenses keyed a little more closely on him this season. After his epic 2011, you could hardly blame teams for focusing on Bryant.

One of Bryant's most disappointing games will surely be his last one. He rushed for just 40 yards on 10 carries in a loss against University School in a Florida Class 3A regional final, a game which knocked Heritage-Delray out of the playoffs.

While no one likes to end a high school career with a painful loss, I imagine Bryant has nothing but bright days ahead of him in college. He has the talent to make an immediate impact and should be a major contributor for years to come.


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