Posted: 5:08 pm Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Greg Bryant a finalist for U.S. Army Player of the Year award 

By Jeff Greer

Greg Bryant is one of the biggest high school football stars playing in January’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He’s one step closer to perhaps being the biggest name in the game.

American Heritage RB Greg Bryant is a finalist for U.S. Army Player of the Year.

Bryant, a standout running back at American Heritage, on Wednesday was named one of the 16 nominees for the U.S. Army Player of the Year award, given each season to the best high school football player in America. The six finalists will be revealed on Nov. 28, and the winner announced at the U.S. Army Awards Dinner on Jan. 4, the week of the All-American Bowl.

Among the other finalists are Tampa-Wharton defensive back Vernon Hargreaves, Yulee running back Derrick Henry and Lake City offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil. The top-rated recruit in the 2013 class, Robert Nkemdiche, is also a nominee.

Bryant has 1,293 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns for the 10-0 Stallions, who start their quest for a second consecutive state title on Friday against Hollywood-Chaminade. The 5-11, 210-pound Bryant has produced those numbers against one of the toughest schedules of opponents in the country, including wins over Seffner-Armwood, Atlantic, Dwyer and West Monroe (La.).

He’s reportedly down to Auburn, Florida State, South Carolina and Oklahoma, to which he was committed for several months before backing out just before the season started. Miami recently reached out to him, and he’s previously expressed interest in Alabama and Georgia.

Here’s the full list of nominees for the U.S. Army Player of the Year award, with the schools to which they’ve verbally committed.

Montravius Adams, DL, Dooly County (Ga.) — uncommitted
Max Browne, QB, Skyline (Wash.) — USC
Greg Bryant, RB, American Heritage — uncommitted
Su’a Cravens, DB, Vista Murrieta (Calif.) — USC
Kendall Fuller, DB, Good Counsel (Md.) — Virginia Tech
Derrick Green, RB, Hermitage (Va.) — uncommitted
Vernon Hargreaves, DB, Tampa-Wharton — Florida
Derrick Henry, RB, Yulee — Alabama
Carl Lawson, DL, Milton (Ga.) — Auburn
Mike Mitchell, LB, Prestonwood Christian (Texas) — uncommitted
Robert Nkemdiche, DL, Grayson (Ga.) — uncommitted
Jalen Ramsey, DB, Brentwood Academy (Tenn.) — USC
Jaylon Smith, LB, Bishop Luers (Ind.) — Notre Dame
Laquon Treadwell, WR, Crete Monee (Ill.) — uncommitted
Laremy Tunsil, OL, Lake City-Columbia — uncommitted
Thomas Tyner, RB, Aloha (Ore.) — Oregon