As National Signing Day draws closer, we’ll be profiling each of Ohio State’s class of 2017 signees and commits. With seven 5-stars committed, the Buckeyes have put together what could end up being a historically talented class. Next up in our series is Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy 4-star safety Isaiah Pryor.
Isaiah Pryor bio
High school: Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy
Height: 6 foot 2
Weight: 195 pounds
Overall ranking: No. 50 (247Sports composite)
Position ranking: No. 5 (247Sports composite)
Early enrollee: Yes
Revisiting his recruitment
Significant offers: Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami (Fla.), Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Penn State, Stanford, TCU, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA, Virginia Tech
Commitment date: July 27, 2015
What happened: Pryor exploded onto the recruiting scene after his sophomore season at Lawrenceville (Ga.) Archer. He made a slew of unofficial visits, including several to Ohio State, during the first half of 2015. Pryor apparently liked what he saw, because he committed to the Buckeyes in July 2015.
Throughout his recruitment, he never gave off the vibe of someone who might reconsider his pledge. Even when he transferred after his junior season to IMG Academy – a talent-rich program that’s constantly visited by college coaches – there was never a moment when his commitment felt tenuous. He did visit Alabama in March 2016 after receiving an offer, but nothing came of it.
What his coach says
IMG coach Kevin Wright: “I don’t think there’s anything average about Isaiah physically. He’s got a grown man’s body right now. I think he’ll continue to get thicker as he gets older. A lot of that comes from hard work. He’s always getting extra reps. On Saturday night, he’ll be out on the track doing ladder drills and working on his footwork. From a physical standpoint, he ranks up there with anyone in the country.
“Some of it is God-given, but a lot of it comes because of his work ethic. He’s a ‘one more rep’ guy. He pushes his body to the limit. That’s one of the reasons he stands out when you see him. He’s a physical specimen. He’s under 10-percent body fat. I think he’s going to continue to blow up as he gets older.”
Where he fits
At one point during his recruitment it seemed as though Pryor might grow into a position change to linebacker. However, he wrapped up his prep career still looking like a safety. Pryor has the ability to be a game changer at that spot, so that’s where he’ll begin.
Will he play in 2017?
Unless something wild happens, that’s a pretty safe bet. Pryor doesn’t figure to start, but he could very well earn some snaps via rotation or at the end of blowouts. Also look for him to earn a spot on special teams. As is the case with many members of this class, he’s too good to redshirt. Ohio State will find ways to get him on the field.