Greg Bryant Commits to Notre Dame: Breaking Down Irish's New 5-Star RB Recruit

Jake MartinCorrespondent IIIDecember 9, 2012

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Tom Hauck/ESPN

Notre Dame landed a five-star recruit in Greg Bryant Sunday morning, and it truly was a home run for the Irish. 

Notre Dame Rivals reported the news on Twitter. 


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

— Irish Illustrated (@NDatRivals) December 9, 2012

Bryant made the announcement at the end of his official visit to the university. He is not only a five-star athlete, but he's rated as the second-best running back in the country by Rivals. Rivals also has him rated as the 16th-best player in the nation.

Rivals' Mike Farrell tweeted that Bryant is similar to another Notre Dame running back but surprisingly might be even better.  


Greg Bryant commitment to #NotreDame a home run for the Irish. Great player, great character. Theo Riddick but much more upside

— Mike Farrell (@rivalsmike) December 9, 2012

As for ESPN's rankings, Bryant is No. 27 on ESPN's 150. So as the numbers suggest, this is a nice grab by Brian Kelly and his staff.

But beyond the rankings, truly look at the potential of this running back.

Bryant is a 5'11" back who has a low pad level, and by the time he suits up with the Irish he should be a little over 200 pounds. He'll need it for Notre Dame's violent running style.

And though he has the body frame to bang and soften defenses, much like his current Irish running back Riddick, highlights of him suggest that he is a more elusive runner. Take a look for yourself.

Impressed? Seriously, this guy is the full package. He has power, speed and the athleticism to make defenders miss in the second level.

No wonder why schools such as Auburn, Oklahoma, Georgia and South Carolina were all interested in him.  

With Cierre Wood and Riddick departing, Kelly desperately needed to bring in some big recruits to fill their roles. With George Atkinson III returning to the team and Amir Carlisle coming back from injury, it'll be difficult for Bryant to become the feature back. But don't put it past him.   

What's most important today is that Notre Dame has acquired the depth needed, and Kelly came through by landing one of the best running backs in the country.

This five-star running back is easily the biggest name Kelly has received a verbal from at the running back position, with verbals from running back Jamel James and athlete Rashad Kinlaw behind him.  

Bryant literally dragged defenders in high school, and with Notre Dame getting back to pounding the rock, Kelly will need backs like him to lead the way for his team.

Heck, Kelly just might be the happiest man in America today because he's found a player to help replace his two bruising backs. Can he be the next Todd Gurley or T.J. Yeldon?  

If this amazingly gifted back comes in and develops quickly, Bryant could become the feature back of this Notre Dame offense in 2013.