Former Notre Dame RB Greg Bryant commits to UAB

Mike Vorel
South Bend Tribune

Greg Bryant's career path won't lead him back to Notre Dame.

On Wednesday, the former Irish running back — who left the school after being academically suspended for the 2015 season, then transferred to ASA College of Miami — announced via his Instagram account that he will continue his college football career at UAB.

"Never in my life would I be thinking I would go here," Bryant wrote in the Instagram post. "But, the next move has to be the best move. I'm officially committed to the University of Alabama Birmingham! Strictly a business decision. Minor set back for a major comeback. Round 2 #BLAZERS #NextChapter"

According to ASA College of Miami's website, Bryant — a 5-foot-10, 205-pound junior running back — has played in just one game for the Silver Storm, rushing nine times for 77 yards while adding 152 punt return yards and 78 kick return yards.

In his two seasons at Notre Dame, the Delray Beach, Fla., native rushed for a total of 303 yards and scored three touchdowns. He finished second on the team with 289 rushing yards in 2014, while leading Irish running backs with 5.4 yards per carry. He also contributed in special teams with 179 return yards.

Prior to his arrival in South Bend, Bryant was touted as one of the top running backs in the 2013 recruiting class, earning a five-star rating from Rivals, which listed him as the No. 4 running back in the nation. He was slated as a four-star prospect and the No. 10 running back in the class by 247Sports.

And though that potential was never realized at Notre Dame, Bryant's career isn't over.

Even so, UAB may strike some as an unlikely landing spot. The football program — which was briefly folded, then reinstated — will not resume games until the 2017 season.

But when they do, the Blazers should find plenty of as-of-yet unrealized potential at running back.

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Former Notre Dame running back Greg Bryant, here running the ball during Notre Dame's loss to USC on Nov. 29, has committed to UAB. (SBT Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN)