While having limited spots left in a recruiting class can seem troublesome, there are programs that are able to use it to its advantage based on how the haul has been constructed leading up to that point.
RB Greg Bryant originally planned on making his decision known at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, but decided to announce his choice for Notre Dame on Sunday.
Notre Dame is an example of a school in that power position.
The Irish had filled many of its needs already heading into the 2012 season which not only allowed the coaching staff to focus more on getting wins on Saturdays, finishing the regular season 12-0 and heading to the national title game against Alabama on Jan. 7, but the Irish also set up a game plan to pursue difference-makers only for its remaining efforts in the 2013 recruiting campaign.
Enter Greg Bryant, who gave his pledge to the Irish this weekend during an official visit to South Bend, his father Greg Bryant Sr. confirmed with 247Sports National Writer Steve Wiltfong.
The four-star Delray Beach (Fla.) American Heritage High player originally committed to Oklahoma on March 31 followed by a decommitment on July 30 after continuing to receive interest from other programs. Notre Dame decided to take a more proactive approach after initially not having running back as high as a priority in the class, but judging by the trajectory of where current commit Jamel James' position in the group looks to be headed (check Tunnel Vision for more details, Bryant was the type of player that was able to provide that added element that you pursue if there's a chance to add him to the class.
Notre Dame's approach was well-received as Bryant's father, Greg Sr., was impressed immediately and the younger Bryant began communicating with his recruiter, Tony Alford, who is known for being able to develop quick relationships on the trail, and the nation's No. 10 running back and No. 130 overall prospect in the land according to 247Sports started to get a sense of what the program stands for.
The three-headed monster of Cierre Wood, Theo Riddick and George Atkinson III out of the Irish backfield didn't hurt either, displaying the amount of carries a running back can get in the Irish offense scheme, in addition to the advantages that were expressed post-playing career in South Bend.
As first reported in Tunnel Vision in addition to the regained interest, Notre Dame put itself in position to lead the pack and was looking forward to being able to tie it all together during his official visit to campus this weekend with the football awards show on Friday night and about 10 current commits around him to show him the closeness of the group.
The plan in place worked as Bryant not only felt Notre Dame was the place for him, but he wanted to get the word out quickly instead of waiting until the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio and announce his choice of picking Notre Dame.
Bryant, who becomes the No. 22 commit in Notre Dame's 2013 recruiting class with outside linebacker Danny Mattingly of Spokane, Wash., no longer part of the class, chose the Irish over Auburn, Florida State and South Carolina.
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