Okeechobee, Fla.--Despite signing day for 2008 being just a week removed, the attention is already on the junior class of players expected to be high profile recruits next year. One of the players already getting plenty of attention is Okeechobee tailback Lonnie Pryor.
Already tabbed a four-star prospect by Scout.com, the 6-1, 195 Pryor says that he's hearing from schools all over the country and has already amassed an impressive offer list with still several months remaining in his junior year. Despite spending time on defense as a free safety as well, Pryor says that it's on offense where he's getting plenty of attention.
"I have a lot of offers," Pryor says. "I have Florida State, the University of Florida, South Florida, LSU and Wake Forest. I have more as well. I have Clemson and I have an offer from Auburn. I talked to Coach (Eddie) Gran last week and he officially offered me over the phone."
With Florida State expected to be the early leader for Pryor, he says that Auburn is an intriguing school for a running back and he wants to take a closer look at the Tigers as he heads into the summer before his senior year.
"Right now I'm just enjoying everything," Pryor says. "I hear people talk about Auburn and I know it's a good school to go to because they produce a lot of running backs. I told my coach that I wanted to go to Auburn and see it and talk to the coaches because I know that school runs the ball and uses the running back."
A two-year starter at tailback for the Brahmans, Pryor is one of the top tailback prospects in Florida for the 2009 class. As a junior he was dominant on the field with 1,735 yards and 20 touchdowns on just 216 carries, an average of eight yards per carry. In his first season as a starter as a sophomore, Pryor totaled 1,061 yards and eight touchdowns on just 131 carries.
Pryor had several huge games as a junior despite never carrying the ball more than 26 times in any contest. In that game he racked up 267 yards and three touchdowns in a win over Martin County. His biggest rushing day came in a 26-13 win over the Glades Day School when he rushed 23 times for 302 yards and three touchdowns. He also had a five-touchdown effort on just 13 carries against Sebastian River.
Reporting a personal best time of 4.54 seconds in the 40-yard dash, Pryor says he's currently running track for his high school team in the 400 meters. Fast enough to get the job done on the field, Pryor says he thinks the best part of his game is something that can't be measured with a stopwatch.
"Right now I would say my strength is my vision," Pryor says. "That's probably my best thing. I'm pretty fast in the game. I'm not that strong yet. If I had to pick my best thing and the one thing I would want is my good vision."
With no camp plans to this point, Pryor says he's currently making the rounds for junior days at several different schools. Still unsure of where he'll take trips to before the year is out, Pryor says he's just taking things one day at a time.
"I went to Florida and Florida State," Pryor says of his junior day trips. "This weekend I'll be at Central Florida. I haven't decided on any camps yet."