Former H.D. Woodson RB Gregory Bryan sets sights on Toledo


Former H.D. Woodson running back Gregory Bryan, center, will has committed to Toledo and will visit campus this weekend.
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As one of the city’s best running backs in the fall of 2012, former H.D. Woodson standout Gregory Bryan once had garnered interest from a wide range of college programs across the country, including Oklahoma, USC, Oregon and Maryland.

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But a commitment wasn’t in the cards last year for Bryan, who needed to first revive his academic record if he wanted to pursue the next level of his career. So he enrolled at Milford Academy in New Berlin, New York, a step to help him renew his focus in the classroom and improve his SAT scores.

The move has paid off, Bryan said, because now he has a chance to attend a four-year school and play major college football. He said he committed to Toledo last month, and on Friday plans to visit the school with former H.D. Woodson teammate Dereon Carr, who pledged to the Rockets last month.

“It just helped me get used to being away from home, and being around new people and just a new football team,” Bryan said. “I enjoyed it a lot, and I learned a lot too.”

Bryan said he hopes to sign his letter of intent this weekend.

Bryan’s speed made him a prized prospect as a senior at H.D. Woodson, when he rushed for nearly 900 yards and eight touchdowns (he also caught two touchdowns and scored seven two-point conversions) in leading the Warriors to the DCIAA semifinals.

He also continued to refine his skills last fall at Milford Academy, a popular prep school that has served as a springboard for numerous NFL players, including Philadelphia Eagles’ all-pro running back LeSean McCoy. In 2013, Bryan rushed 17 times for 113 yards and scored one touchdown for the Falcons, which played a host of Football Championship Series Schools.

Bryan said his speed will fit the spread offense at Toledo, which was only made possible by his year in New York.

“It’s going to be dangerous…because of my speed, I love my speed,” Bryan said. “If they give me the ball in the open field, it’s going to be dangerous.”

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Roman Stubbs covers the University of Maryland athletics for The Washington Post.
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