Sooners back in the mix for Greg Bryant

The name Cale Gundy hadn’t meant much to ESPN 150 running back Greg Bryant (Delray Beach, Fla./American Heritage-Boca Delray) in recent months.

Bryant, ranked No. 30 in the ESPN 150 and No. 2 running back, said in the past he didn’t have a stronger bond with a coach than with Gundy, Oklahoma’s running back coach.

Bryant surprised many, including himself, when he committed to the Sooners on an unofficial visit March 31. But most agreed it would be a tough chore for OU to hang onto him until national signing day.

The experts were right as Bryant decommitted from the Sooners on July 30, saying he wanted to play closer to home and in the SEC.

That still might be the case, but Gundy changed up the game again. Bryant said Gundy reached out to him in the last week, and the two spoke for more than 90 minutes.

“It was kind of shocking to hear from him again,” Bryant said. “All those memories started coming back to me. It was great talking with him again.”

Bryant said the Sooners are back in the race. He said he is going to take an official visit to OU sometime this season. He said he wants it to be during the season and that Gundy will let Bryant know when works best.

Bryant, who is 5-foot-11 and 197 pounds, said he doesn’t have a top school right now. To go along with the Sooners, Bryant said he is going to take official visits to South Carolina and Auburn. He is not sure when those visits will be. He said Georgia is still showing him attention, but he’s not sure if he will make a visit.

He said his decision to decommit from OU was nothing negative about the Sooners or Norman, Okla.

“I just had to continue to see what else is out there,” Bryant said. “That was the only reason. I don’t have any hard feelings or bad things to say about OU or the coaching staff.”

The Sooners already have the commitment of Cypress (Texas) Ranch running back Keith Ford, ranked No. 32 in the ESPN 150 and No. 3 at running back. If OU can manage to get Bryant back in the fold, the Sooners would once again have the pledges of two of the top three backs in the 2013 class.

Bryant and Ford have both said in the past they are not worried about a little healthy competition. Ford was the first commitment for OU’s class and has said he has had no second thoughts.