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Opening invite means a lot to Greg Bryant

4/26/2012



The only thing that could stop Oklahoma running back commit Greg Bryant (Delray Beach, Fla./American Heritage-Boca Delray) from getting an invite to The Opening was himself.

Bryant, ranked the No. 2 running back in the nation and No. 29 in the ESPN 150, was supposed to compete in the NIKE Football Training Camp event in Miami two weeks ago. He didn’t pull out of the event. He simply overslept.

“I couldn’t believe it. I was so mad at myself,” Bryant said. “I woke up and saw it was 8 a.m., and I was like, 'There goes my chance at Oregon.'”

Luckily for Bryant, there was another opportunity to get the The Opening -- a camp featuring 150 of the nation’s best prospects at the Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., in early July -- with an NFTC event in Orlando last weekend. Bryant made sure he was ready to roll for that one.

“I was with one of my teammates, and I was definitely ready to compete," he said. "I was up early and looking forward to the day."

He didn’t disappoint. Bryant showed his all-around skills that made him such a hot commodity during the last year and was one of 10 recruits at the event to earn an invite to The Opening.

Bryant also wasn’t afraid to let everybody know exactly which school he is going to attend. He proudly wore OU colors at the camp and said the more he learns about the Sooners, the more excited he gets.

“I’m ready to go right now. I know I still got my senior year, but I’m so pumped to be a Sooner,” Bryant said. “I wanted to show that I could compete against the top kids, and I did that. This invite means a lot, and I can’t wait to get to Oregon and show what I can do.”

The Sooners also have the commitment of the No. 3 running back in the nation, Keith Ford (Cypress, Texas/Ranch), who is ranked No. 36 in the ESPN 150.