Greg Bryant: 4-Star RB Decommits from Oklahoma as Power of SEC Entices Him

Barrett Sallee@BarrettSalleeSEC Football Lead WriterJuly 31, 2012

The power of the SEC strikes again.

Greg Bryant, the nation's No. 4 running back in the Class of 2013 according to Rivals.com, decommitted from the Oklahoma Sooners on Monday night, as he has his eyes on the SEC.

Bryant named the Auburn Tigers and the South Carolina Gamecocks as his two favorites, according to Mike Farrell of Rivals.com.

Florida RB Greg Bryant has de-committed from #Oklahoma according to his dad. Wants to play in SEC, #Auburn and #Gamecocks on top.

— Mike Farrell (@rivalsmike) July 31, 2012


Bryant told ESPN.com on Tuesday that he has also spoken with Georgia and is considering the Bulldogs as well.

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The 5'11", 197-pounder has star written all over him, and playing in the SEC would certainly get him ready to play at the next level.

He has the size to be a between-the-tackles force as soon as he sets foot on campus, but he can run past defenders at the drop of a hat with his 4.5 speed.

Whether it's Auburn or South Carolina, either would be a good fit.

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Auburn doesn't have a feature running back right now, and will likely take a running back-by-committee approach in 2012 under first-year offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler. Loeffler is bringing his hybrid pro-style system to the Plains.

There will still be some spread elements in Auburn's offense for other players to get touches, but since there isn't a No. 1 running back now and senior Onterio McCalebb will be gone next season, there is playing time to be had at Auburn.

The same can probably be said for South Carolina.

The Gamecocks offense uses a feature back more than Auburn, and that feature back probably won't be around in 2013. Marcus Lattimore is only a junior, but if he rebounds from his knee injury and gets back to the way he ran in his first year-and-a-half, it's unlikely that he will stick around for his senior season.

He would be a good fit at Georgia as well. The dismissal of Isaiah Crowell has opened the door for several players to earn playing time this season, including Ken Malcome, Keith Marshall, Richard Samuel IV and Todd Gurley.

Malcome, Marshall and Gurley are all underclassmen this season, so Bryant will have to fight if he wants to play immediately if he chooses the Bulldogs. But he certainly has the talent to contend.

The SEC has won six straight national championships and had the most players drafted in the NFL draft in six straight seasons. It sounds like Bryant wants to be a part of that action.

Lead image courtesy of 247sports.com.


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