“I really knew it when I was in 8th or 9th grade. Not only did I love football, but I realized I was actually pretty good at it”, said Tre Bryant, Freshman Runing back at Nebraska. Bryant, from St. Louis, MO signed with Nebraska in 2015 after a stellar high school performance at CBC, including a Missouri State Championship title.
Following Bryant’s senior year at Christian Brothers High School, he would graduate with many decisions to make. While some students were looking at the military or part time jobs, or perhaps a junior college to save money and transfer to a 4 year school, Tre Bryant found himself in a very unique and rare position. His hard work, dedication, and relentless training that he alone chose to do over the years, had prepared him for success. The choices that he made set himself up for the chance of a lifetime. At the age of 18, they came for him. “They” were some of the top football schools in the country: Mizzou, Kansas, Vanderbuilt, UNLV, Ball State, and Nebraska to name a few.
“I kept football #1 in my life,” said Bryant. “I always did. I had great family support, especially from my mom. She has been there the entire time, taking me to games and practices my whole life.”
As a high school freshman, Tre made the choice to get better. He wanted to fine tune his skills and Tre reached out to former Ram Running Back Arlen Harris, owner of Run It Performance. “Coach Harris’ passion and love of the game really meant a lot to me,” said Bryant.
“Coach Harris has been there, I really trusted him, and he inspired me more than anything. If there was one thing that really stood out from my training with Run It Performance, was what Coach Harris drilled into my head. Gaining ground up-field, stack the defender, get on his toes and replace him. He also taught me to play with confidence.”
At Christian Brothers High School, Bryant racked up 54 touchdowns and 2,800 yards rushing. He was recognized as the #3 runningback in the State of Missouri, and ranked #107 in the nation. Bryant was named the Class 6 all-state offensive player of the year by the Missouri Football Coaches Association.
As a Nebraska freshman, Bryant played in 8 games following an injury of the #2 runningback. He racked up 172 yards on 43 carries with 1 touchdown. He also has 56 receiving yards with 1 touchdown. The Cornhuskers went 9-3 for the 2016 season. “I always knew Tre was going to play at the next level because his attention to detail and he was blessed with a nice frame. Between his size, speed, and work ethic as a youngster it was pretty easy to see him start to separate himself as he matured” says Coach Harris. “He has a similar skill set as Zeke (aka Ezekiel Elliott, who led the NFL this year in rushing as a rookie, who was also a Prep Star out of the St. Louis are who spent time in the Run It program), but Tre is a little more allusive and comfortable in the passing game” Harris adds.
2015 Player Stats: ESPN.Com Combine Testing Results
40-yard dash: 4.53
20- yard shuttle: 4.00
Vertical Jump: 38.3
SPARQ Rating: 131.91 (best runningback)
Bryant trained with Run It Performance from 2011 through 2015. He is pursuing a degree in business and marketing while at Nebraska. Aside from Run It’s Coach Arlen Harris, Bryant credits CBC Coach Derrick Pitts, and Nebraska’s Coach Reggie Davis for being such a positive influence in his success.
Bryant’s outlook on his football life is plain and simple. As he states on his Facebook page….”Train in silence. Let your success be the loudest noise you will ever make”. However, he also wanted to send his friends in St. Louis, at CBC, and his fellow Run It Backs, one final thought…..”Don’t ever forget its just a game”.