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Duse Report: Recruiting season hitting high gear

Dec 10, 2012 -- 5:58pm

By: Wells Dusenbury

After a relatively past month in recruiting news, this past weekend brought about a flurry of commitments.

None was bigger though than American Heritage running back Greg Bryant pledging to Notre Dame. Bryant's decision came as a surprise to many considering he stated his intentions to play at a school in the south, so his family could see him play more easily.

The Stallions' tailback originally to committed to play for Oklahoma, but backed off that commitment in the middle of the season.

If Bryant does end up sticking with the Notre Dame, it would be a boon for head coach Brian Kelly. Bryant is one of the top backs in the county and the Fighting Irish will have a hole to fill in the backfield as they lose their top two rushers next season.

Five other thoughts

-After de-committing from the University of Florida in the fall, American Heritage's Rod Johnson has decided to re-commit to the Gators. The 6'7'' 310 pound offensive tackle reaffirmed his commitment to Florida this past weekend.

-Two members of the Stallions' talented secondary made their college decisions this week as well. American Heritage safety Xavier Swinton committed to Miami (Ohio), while fellow safety Darrion Richardson committed to SMU.

-Seminole Ridge defensive tackle Kyle Shortridge appears to have finally found his  college of choice for next year. Today, the Hawks' defensive tackle committed to Louisvlle after spending the weekend on campus for an offical visit.

Shortridge had previously committed to Wake Forest and Purdue, before de-committing from both schools.

Verbal offers are non-binding, but players can make it official on February 6, on National Signing Day.

-The race for Centennial standout defensive tackle Jay-nard Bostwick is still wide open. Eagles head coach Ron Parker says Bostwick is considering six schools at the moment: Florida, Miami, Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma and Michigan State. Oregon had previously been in the mix, but he recently eliminated the Ducks.

Alabama has been going really hard at the defensive tackle, with Parker saying they've been at Centennial "about every other week."

Parker added that they're in the process of setting up a visit to Georgia right now.

-While Bostwick is still deciding, his teammate Justin Martinez is standing firm. For now.

Despite Willie Taggart leaving Western Kentucky for USF, the offensive lineman remains committed to WKU. Parker though says that could change depending on what assistants Taggart takes with him to USF.

The Hilltoppers announced former Arkansas head man Bobby Petrino as their new head coach Monday.

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