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VIDEO: Luck of the Irish: American Heritage RB Bryant to Notre Dame

Feb 06, 2013 -- 10:35am

By: Wells Dusenbury and Ken LaVicka

It’s not as close to home as he would’ve liked, but the allure of playing for the nation’s most storied college football program was too strong.

American Heritage RB Greg Bryant signed with Notre Dame Wednesday morning, ending a recruiting process that saw Bryant initially commit to Auburn before reconsidering.

Bryant, a 5-star prospect, helped American Heritage to two state championships and three state title game appearances in his four years. He was Heritage’s leading rusher his final two seasons, running for almost 2,200 yards as a junior and nearly hitting the 1,500 yard mark as a senior. He racked up 61 rushing touchdowns in four years. Bryant also established himself as a capable pass-catcher, leading American Heritage in receiving yards in his final two seasons, finding the end zone six times.

In April of 2012, Bryant gave a verbal to Oklahoma that lasted just over three months before he de-committed. Bryant told ESPN 760 at the end of July that he had a desire to attend school closer to home so that his “family could see him play”.

Despite heavy interest from schools like Clemson and Auburn, Bryant pledged his allegiance to Notre Dame while on an official visit to South Bend in early December, just one month before the Fighting Irish took on Alabama in the BCS National Championship Game.

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