Greg Bryant Commits to Notre Dame: Recruits Impacted Most by 5-Star's Decision

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IDecember 9, 2012

Greg Bryant Commits to Notre Dame: Recruits Impacted Most by 5-Star's Decision

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    According to Greg Bryant Sr. and reported by ESPNU, elite RB prospect Greg Bryant of American Heritage in Florida has committed to Notre Dame. This is huge news in the 2013 college football recruiting class, as Bryant is one of the top overall players in the country.

    He is Brian Kelly's 22nd commitment for this year and likely insures Kelly a top-10 class at the worst. Bryant is a 5'11", 205-pound downhill running back that has solid instincts, run strength and quickness to and through holes.

    Here are the recruits, among several affected people, who are most impacted by this big news.

5. Torii Hunter Jr., WR

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    Hunter is committed to Notre Dame already, so he and Bryant will be teammates. This decision impacts Hunter is a positive way, as he will be playing with a great back who should open things up for him.

    One day, Hunter and Bryant will be two of Brian Kelly's most potent offensive weapons.

    Having a talented back like Bryant will bring an extra defender in the box, which should give Hunter the ability to exploit coverage mismatches and voids as a WR.

4. Keith Ford, RB

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    There was a time when Oklahoma had commitments from both Bryant and Keith Ford. The Sooners were on pace to sign the top 10 backs in the country, and the future of their rushing attack was set.

    Bryant de-committed and that leaves Ford as the only one coming to Norman. I have to think that at least some part of the Texan thinks it is just fine. Many RB's like to be "The Man" on their own in the backfield.

    When Bryant de-committed from the Sooners, up until now, he still flirted with OU and they were still an option for him. His choosing Notre Dame assures Ford that he will have a chance to be top incoming runner for Oklahoma.

3. Notre Dame's 2013 OL Commits

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    If you are Colin McGovern, Steve Elmer, Hunter Bivin, John Montelus or Mike McGlinchey you have to be stoked about this news.

    A back like Bryant will only make things easier for you as an OL unit and as hard as Bryant runs, OL's will appreciate that.

    These five OL commitments for Notre Dame will love clearing holes, digging run alleys and putting hats on defenders for Bryant in South Bend. 

2. Jamel James, RB

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    Up until now, James was the top RB in the 2013 class for the Irish. He could choose one of two paths: head somewhere or stay committed and compete.

    I believe James will stay, as RB tandems are en vogue right now anyways. At 5'11" and 220 pounds, Texas' James has good size, strength and quickness.

    He isn't afraid to challenge tacklers and flashes good speed when he is in the clear. I'd imagine an offensive-minded coach like Brian Kelly will figure out how to utilize both backs to the advantage of the Irish. 

1. Max Redfield, S

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    Redfield is probably Notre Dame's biggest remaining target between now and signing day.

    He's a 6'2", 195-pound ball hawk of a safety that has great athleticism, range and speed.

    A USC de-commit, Redfield has widely-known serious interest in playing for the Irish. Landing another talented prospect like Bryant for Notre Dame could be the final tipping of the scales to slide Redfield to South Bend.

    Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He 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 and writing specific recruiting and scouting content articles for Student Sports Football (formerly ESPN Rise-HS). A syndicated scout and writer, he's also contributed to, and Diamonds in the Rough Inc., a College Football and NFL Draft magazine.