December 1, 2011
Gundy Making Impression on Sunshine Star
It seems that Oklahoma's class of 2013 has picked up a national feel and one of their first offers in the class that reflected that national scope was Delray Beach (Fla.) American Heritage School star running back Greg Bryant. The 5-foot-10, 193-pound back already holds offers from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and West Virginia among many others however it seems the Sooners have made an early impression.
And it's clear no one is more relevant in their pursuit than Sooner assistant Cale Gundy.
"I like Oklahoma, I love the running back coach, coach Gundy, we've got a good relationship, he is funny, I like how they have some old running backs that used to play for them that are doing big things in the NFL," Bryant said.
"He always tells me that I could be another one of those guys, he said I remind him of Demarco (Murray) and he says 'that could be you'."
The star back has his team in the Florida class 3A semi-finals set to face 2011 five-star Nelson Agholor and his Berkeley Prep team.
And taking his team to this kind of success and all that he has done to impress schools hasn't been a surprise to Bryant as of late, but he admits when his name first started making it's way around recruiting circles.
"It was surprising at first, because I was just working and doing what I could," he explained. "But I worked hard enough to get this far, and it's no surprise anymore."
Thought it's early for Bryant he already has some established favorites, including the Sooners are his current favorite.
"Right now, I like Georgia, I like Florida, Wisconsin, and those are some of the schools I like right now," he said. "Growing up I liked Miami, that's always been a big one to me. But as I get older it wasn't as much about being a fan."
So what is it he is looking for in a school?
"Most importantly is playing first, I want to get on the field as a freshman, and just seeing how the coaches treat me, treat me like I'm family. The atmosphere is important and the fans and how they treat people," he said.
"I'm not saying I have to start, that doesn't even matter, as long as I can get on the field, get a little playing time. I don't really worry about that, you play hard, you're going to be the man one day."
Bryant, who has never been anywhere near Oklahoma admits that when he thinks of the state images of horses and farms come to mind. But that being said, his talks with coach Gundy have deepened his interest in looking toward the midlands.
"He basically always tells me some inspiring stuff, you know 'do good in school this week', 'run the ball high and keep it tight this week'," he said. "Pass-blocking is the key, always trying to shoot stuff out to make me better."
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