- Brandon Chatmon, ESPN Staff Writer
Oklahoma fans can’t wait for July to end.
Hours after Sooners fans found out Courtney Gardner and Will Latu would not be eligible to play this fall, elite running back commitment Greg Bryant (Delray Beach, Fla./American Heritage-Boca Delray) announced his decommitment from OU. Bryant is No 30 in the ESPN 150 with a 87 rating and is the No. 2 running back in the nation.
Bryant’s decommitment is a blow to the Sooners' class but fellow elite running back Keith Ford remains committed to OU. Ford is No. 32 on the ESPN 150 with a 87 rating and is the No. 3 running back in the nation.
So don’t expect the OU coaches to tumble into a state of despair.
The Bryant news actually gives the Sooners some options at the position. OU still appears to be in the mix to land Derrick Green (Richmond, Va./Hermitage), a hotly pursued prospect who was still interested in the Sooners when both Bryant and Ford were committed. Green is No. 53 on the ESPN 150 and claims over 20 offers including OU, Oklahoma State, Alabama, Michigan, USC and others.
But the Sooners don’t have to replace Bryant in this class.
The class of 2014 already appears to have several quality running backs interested in the Sooners including Nathan Starks (Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman) and Devon Thomas (Broken Arrow, Okla./Broken Arrow). It wouldn’t be crazy to think OU could land both running back prospects in 2014, particularly if Ford is the lone running back signee in the class of 2013.
Nobody in the Sooners program is happy to see Bryant decommit, but his decision gives the coaching staff options and it was made early enough to allow the Sooners to recover and add another runner in this class if needed.