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
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.
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.