September 11, 2012

Bryant keeps his focus

Being a top-flight running back isn't easy even at the high school level.

American Heritage (Delray Beach, Fla.) running back Greg Bryant knows all about it.

Opposing teams have been keying on Bryant from first snap of the season, but don't count on him to worry about it.

Despite being at the center of every opposing team's defensive game plan, Bryant is a team-first type of guy.

"The season is going great," said Bryant. "Our team has bought in to what we have to do and it can be a great season if we just keep it up."

Opposing defenses aren't the only ones focusing on the star running back, as he is high on a number of team's recruiting boards.

Despite receiving attention from a number of programs, Bryant has it narrowed down to four teams that he is considering at this time.

"I'm considering Florida State, Georgia, Auburn, and South Carolina," he said.

After decommitting from Oklahoma this summer, many thought Auburn had the early edge for the five-star prospect, but after having some time to think about it, Bryant has decided that he doesn't have a leader but does have an idea about when he might name one.

"Right now I wouldn't say I have a leader," he said. "I'm going to wait until after I take all of my visits to see if I have a leader in mind."

Often times in recruiting, official visits can make all the difference, and Bryant is in the process of getting all of that sorted in the next couple of weeks.

"My thought process is that I am going to take five official visits. Then after I take my official visits, I'm going to sit down and try to come to a conclusion on what I want to do," said Bryant. "I'll probably take half during the season and half after it."

One of the schools that Bryant is considering, FSU, has recently entered the picture for the Rivals100 running back.

"I talked to them (FSU) last week. Coach Mark Stoops called me and we are just trying to build that relationship," he said. "They are new to the race."

At this point in the process, Bryant says that all four of his top schools are recruiting him at about the same level, but one school he has heard from recently is trying to sell him on opportunity.

"Last time I heard from Georgia was Thursday night. I talked to them then. The running backs coach (Bryan McClendon) - I have built a relationship with him," Bryant said. "He is telling me they only have three running backs on scholarship and I have a chance to come in there and get some playing time."

Bryant doesn't know when he will visit Georgia, but he does know he will."I'll take an official visit to Georgia," he said.

Despite the recent contact from Florida State and UGA, Bryant has things he likes about all four of the programs that he is considering.

• Auburn - "Family-like program. They got plenty of fans, the crowd is loud, and it is in the SEC. I just need to check it out more. I've only been there once."

• South Carolina - "Playing time early. They got a good team in the SEC. It is pretty nice up there."

• Florida State - "I just started talking to them last week so I haven't been looking in to them like that, but its in Florida and it's a team I grew up following."

• Georgia - "They have a pro-style offense. They only have three running backs on scholarship. Then on top of that they are in the SEC.

At the end of the day, however, Bryant has a very good idea of what he is looking for in the school where he will play his college ball.

"I want to go in and play early. I just want to prove myself early. At every school, competition is not a factor," he said. "The main thing I'm looking for is playing time and getting a good education. Somewhere that feels like home."

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