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October 16, 2012

Bryant a versatile addition to Army Bowl

MORE: U.S. Army All-American Bowl roster

Greg Bryant started his football career as a wide receiver. Today he is an U.S. Army All-American running back. Bryant's trek to five-star status and All-American recognition included a transition from catching the rock to toting it. And the rest, as they say, is history.

The 5-foot-10, 197-pounder was on varsity as a seventh-grader and later started in eighth grade. Bryant is somewhat of a legend at the affluent American Heritage School of Delray Beach. Everyone on campus knows him and wants to be associated with his success.

"It means a lot to me, but also to our school, coaches, and staff," Bryant said. "I'm the first All-American here, but hopefully not the last. I'm trying to pave our path for the younger players coming up."

The powerful rusher doesn't just get by on his physical abilities. He is a student of the game. His father Greg Bryant, Sr. is the Stallions defensive line coach and a former lineman at Northern Illinois.

"My dad helps me a lot," the younger Bryant said. "He is more like a brother than a dad. When I come home from school we lift weights and work on everything to make me the best football player I can be not just the best running back. "

Mr. Bryant is able to help his son understand defensive fronts, schemes and techniques on his pre-snap read to get an idea of what opposing teams are trying to throw his way. The father and son duo helped Heritage capture Class 3A state title behind the 243-yard and three touchdown performance of the younger Bryant.

The quiet and reserved athlete is very humbled by all of the accolades and awards. Bryant remarked, "It's a blessing to get the jersey. This is something I've always dreamed of and now my dreams are becoming a reality."

Growing up, Bryant followed Marshall Faulk because of his complete game. Now, Bryant tries to emulate the hard, physical running style of Adrian Peterson. Either way, you can see how he has tried to emulate both NFL greats. He catches the ball well out of the backfield like Faulk and can run through or by would-be tacklers like Peterson.

This season, Bryant has led his team to a 6-0 start with a win over perennial power Seffner (Fla.) Armwood. The power back has rushed for 714 yards on 98 attempts and eleven touchdowns with a long run of 85 yards.

After the season Bryant is eager to take the trip to San Antonio for the first time and competing against some of the nation's top prospects.

"I'm looking forward to competing and showing what type of back I am," he said. "It will also be nice to get out of Delray Beach for a few days and see something new."

As one of the top uncommitted players in the game he knows he will be a target of some intense recruiting conversations. Bryant plans to take his officials after the season.

Oklahoma is one of the schools he plans to check out this fall. Auburn and South Carolina will be getting official visits and he is interested in checking out Florida State.

The Sooners previously held his commitment, but he decided to back off and see other schools before making a final decision. Yet, the Tigers and the Seminoles are recruiting him the hardest at the moment. Distance won't be a factor, but he may be warming to the idea of playing in Tallahassee partly because of the effort of area recruiter, Eddie Gran.



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