Posted: 6:02 pm Thursday, February 9th, 2012

American Heritage RB Greg Bryant: a once-in-a-decade prospect? 

By Matt Porter

American Heritage running back Greg Bryant is the top-rated prospect in Palm Beach County for next season. According to Rivals.com’s database, he could be the area’s best in more than 10 years.

Greg Bryant's monster performance in the Class 3A state title game no doubt helped him move up Rivals' rankings. (Orlando Sentinel)

Greg Bryant's monster performance in the Class 3A state title game no doubt helped him move up Rivals' rankings. (Orlando Sentinel)

Bryant (5-11, 205) is the No. 23 player on Rivals’ national rankings for the class of 2013. That is the highest number the scouting service has given an area player since it began ranking prospects in 2002.

But Bryant has a long way to go to earn that distinction. These are Rivals’ preseason rankings, so there’s no guarantee Bryant will maintain his rank.

Right now, he comes in two spots ahead of Dwyer’s Matt Elam and Pahokee’s Antone Smith, who finished their senior seasons at No. 25.

Both Elam and Smith were five-star recruits, as was Suncoast’s Devin Hester, the 28th-ranked player in 2002. Bryant was given four stars.

Take a spin back through a decade of Rivals rankings below. For those who have watched Bryant play: where do you think he ranks among the local players of the last decade?

Palm Beach County’s highest-rated prospects

Since 2002, according to Rivals.com. Note: end-of-season ranking used from 2002-12. Preseason ranking used for 2013.
Rank – Name – Pos. – School – No. of stars

2002
28 – Devin Hester, DB, Suncoast (5)

2003
93 – Jimmie Sutton III, ATH, Boca Raton (4)

2005)
25 – Antone Smith, RB, Pahokee (5)
82 – Courtney Harris, DE, Jupiter (4)

2007
49 – Deonte Thompson, WR, Glades Central (4)
*101-250 – Damien Berry, DB, Glades Central (4); Johnnie Lee Dixon, ATH, Glades Central (4); Ernest McCoy, OL, Glades Central (4).

2008
51 – Janoris Jenkins, DB, Pahokee (4)
132 – Star Jackson, QB, Lake Worth (4)
231 – Jeremy Lewis, DT, Palm Beach Lakes (4)

2009
64 – Jon Bostic, LB, Palm Beach Central (4)
68 – Nu’Keese Richardson, WR, Pahokee (4)
139 – Jayron Hosley, DB, Atlantic (4)
143 – Lonnie Pryor, RB, Okeechobee (4)
186 – Rantavious Wooten, WR, Glades Central (4)
205 – Luther Robinson, DT, Fort Pierce Westwood (4)

2010
25 – Matt Elam, DB, Dwyer (5)
42 – Jeff Luc, LB, Treasure Coast (4)
77 – Chris Dunkley, WR, Pahokee (4)
81 – Gerald Christian, TE, Dwyer (4)
203 – De’Joshua Johnson, WR, Pahokee (4)
232 – James Louis, WR, Atlantic (4)

2011
33 – Nick O’Leary, TE, Dwyer (4)
60 – Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Glades Central (4)
75 – Jacoby Brissett, QB, Dwyer (4)
139 – Giorgio Newberry, DE, Fort Pierce Central (4)
198 – Curt Maggitt, LB, Dwyer (4)
199 – Tre Mason, RB, Park Vista (4)

2012
74 – Avery Young, OL, Palm Beach Gardens (4)
108 – Jessamen Dunker, OL, Boynton Beach (4)
116 – Angelo Jean-Louis, ATH, Palm Beach Central (4)
225 – Patrick Miller, OL, Dwyer (4)

2013 (preseason rankings)
23 – Greg Bryant, RB, American Heritage (4)
79 – Will Likely, DB, Glades Central (4)
85 – Jaynard Bostwick, DT, Centennial (4)
111 – Kelvin Taylor, RB, Glades Day (4)

* In 2007, Rivals first listed the top 250 players, but did not rank in order the players after No. 100 until 2008.