FSU way out in front for Top Junior

While signing day for 2009 is over a year away, some of the top prospects in the class have been getting offers from schools across the nation. One of the top players in Florida next year is Lonnie Pryor. NoleDigest caught up with the stellar playmaker to talk about his recruitment this early in the process and among other things where FSU stands for the junior running back.

Pryor tells NoleDigest that as soon as colleges were allowed to officially offer juniors, he received 7 offers from school up and down the east coast. He says, "The offers I got were from Florida , Florida State, Wake Forest , North Carolina , South Carolina , Boston College and Florida International. Recruiting has been going good overall. I never really thought I'd get this many offers, let alone this early in the process."

While the offers are sure to continue to pour in, there is one school that stands out for Lonnie. He stated, "FSU is the one that stands out to me right now. I liked that school since I was a little kid. I have always wanted to go there. The offer from FSU was the one that made me the happiest. I have taken a couple visits there. When I was there for the summer I talked to Coach Bowden in his office. That was pretty cool. I talk to a couple Grad Assistants each week. We usually talk every weekend, so I have developed some close relationships with coaches there. Other than FSU I really like Oregon because of their uniforms. They have the best uniforms in the nation. But it comes down to FSU for me and it's safe to say that they are way in the lead."

While the Noles seem to be the prohibitive favorite to land Pryor, he says that he is in no rush to make a decision and may go through the process. "I know that I am going to wait at least until my senior year, and there's a chance I'm going to wait until signing day. I know that I really want to check out Auburn and LSU. They are both running schools, and being a running back that is important. I have heard that Auburn has a very nice campus, too. The school I choose has to have the major I decide on, campus life, a cool town and just be something that suites me. I'll be looking at the whole picture. Really, I'm just going to have fun with it and take some visits," said Pryor.

Even though he is young, Pryor, who is 6'1" and 180 pounds, is a big time playmaker at the running back position. He has a good combination of size and speed to go along with fantastic vision. Pryor explains, "I feel like the strength of my game is my vision. People say that I have some of the best vision they've seen. Also I have what I call ‘scare speed', because I don't like getting hit. I don't like playing defense because of that, but I play defense because my team needs it. I think I need to work on getting bigger in my upper body. My legs are pretty strong, but my upper body needs work."

This weekend is the final home game for the Noles in the 2007 season and there are several recruits that are expected to be there. Pryor thought he was going to be one of those, but his coach has decided to take some of hi other players to Alabama for a game, "I was supposed to go this weekend to FSU for the Maryland game, but my coach decided that he was going to take a few of my teammates to a game up in Alabama. I will be going to the Florid-Florida State game, though, and I'll be cheering for the Noles. I watched the game this past weekend against Virginia Tech. That game kinda sucked. That 4th quarter killed us in that game. When I watch them play it makes me think that I could come in and help out."

It is expected that as his senior season approaches Pryor will receive more scholarships offers. The question at the end of the day will be can the Seminoles hold onto what looks like an insurmountable lead to land the services of Pryor. Stay tuned to NoleDigest as we track the progress of this prospect and other 2009 standouts.

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