Notre Dame’s football program has a lot going for them right now.
They’re in the national championship game after going 12-0, they had a Heisman trophy finalist in LB Manti Te’o and with all of their positive publicity their 2013 recruiting class continues to get better and better each day.
Well, chalk up another win for Notre Dame on the recruiting trail.
Greg Bryant, the No. 2 rated running back from the 2013 recruiting class, gave the Irish his verbal commitment at the end of his official visit this past weekend. Bryant chose Notre Dame over offers from Auburn, Georgia, South Carolina and Oklahoma. The running back from Delray Beach, Florida originally committed to the Sooners earlier this year but decided to rescind his verbal and reopen his recruiting.
Bryant, 5-foot-10, 200-pounds, is the 22nd member of Notre Dame’s 2013 recruiting class, with eight of those members ranked in ESPNU’s 150. The Irish’s class is ranked as the fourth best so far in this current recruiting cycle and has the chance to improve before national signing day rolls around in February.
The timing of Bryant’s arrival on campus couldn’t be more perfect as the Irish will lose depth at the running back position after the National Championship game Jan. 7. Top rushers Cierre Wood and Theo Riddick will both graduate after the season and it will create a natural opening for Bryant to fill in and contribute right away as a freshman.
Bryant has the capability to contribute right away and is the perfect mold of a an ideal running back prospect. He has a short compact frame that is packed with 200 pounds of muscle and he has the ability to run between the tackles as well as make people miss in the open field. He does a nice job of planting his foot in the ground, making one cut and getting up field. His style of play fits perfectly in Notre Dame’s offensive scheme and he has the potential to be a key contributor for the Irish next season.
Notre Dame is in the National Championship game this year but they have a lot to look forward to in the future and the picture got even brighter with Bryant’s commitment.