Tangible evidence of the luck of the Irish can be found in Delray Beach, where one of the country's most celebrated high school football stars made a recent decision that sent shock waves through several college football corridors.
Greg Bryant, the standout running back from American Heritage High School in Delray, verbally committed to Notre Dame after visiting the campus—reversing his field after an earlier commitment to Oklahoma and after expressing an interest during his senior season in playing for an SEC school. The competition for Bryant's considerable talent—Georgia, South Carolina and Auburn were mention as being in the running—is understandable.
Two years ago, the 5-foot-11, 205-pounder rushed for 2,180 yards and 35 touchdowns in leading American Heritage to its third Class 3A state title in five years. Though playing with a bull's-eye on his back throughout his senior season, Bryant still managed to plow for 1,447 yards and 17 touchdowns as the Stallions finished 11-1 (falling in the regional finals).
The Irish now have commitments from eight members of the ESPN 150 list of top high school prospects; Bryant is listed as the No. 2 running back on the ESPN 150. Other programs still have time to woo Bryant before the official Feb. 6 signing date, but the fit, on paper, appears to be a good one for both sides. The Irish are about to lose their top running back, senior Theo Riddick, to graduation—meaning Bryant could become Notre Dame's featured back as a freshman.