Lonnie Pryor was one of the most dominating players in the state of Florida for 2008. While he didn't get invited to any of the top-flight All-Star games like other recruits, he was able to earn an invite to the Offense-Defense Bowl that was played in Myrtle Beach, SC. After a week of practices Pryor took part in the game today. He told NoleDigest that overall it was a great week, and that he feels he showed he is one of the better ball carries for the 2009 recruiting class.
"The practices were light this week," said Pryor, "due to us practicing in shoulder pads and doing some walk-throughs. We spent most of the week learning the offense and all that. I got to meet a lot of good players and had a lot of fun. The offense was cool; we ran some I-formation and some shotgun-spread type stuff."
"During the practices I got a lot of chances to prove myself," continued Pryor. "There was only 2 running backs on my team so I got a lot of reps. I went hard all week and didn't take any plays off. I wanted to show people that I can run the ball with the best of them. I feel that after the week, I was able to do that."
The game itself was played Saturday evening. With the 2 back rotation the Seminole commitment said he was able to play in every other series. While he wasn't sure of his stats, Pryor said he was able to show his versatility in the game.
"I did a lot of passing plays in the game," said the 4-star running back. "I caught the ball well out of the backfield and had a few really good runs. They were able to stop me some, but it was a good time. The skill and the speed was a lot better than what I have seen, with it comparable to what it'll be like in college. This week reaffirmed that I can hang with anyone. I am excited for the next level."
When Lonnie looks back to this week he says a few things will stand out to him, but the biggest memory will be winning the Running Back of the Year Award from the organizers of the bowl game.
"When I look back on this week I will remember going against the players I did and the opportunity I had to make plays," stated Pryor. "The biggest thing, though, was the banquet. I got the award for the Running Back of the Year. That made me feel really good."
Now that the All-Star game is behind him Lonnie has set his sights on his last semester in high school. He told NoleDigest that he won't be running track this year, and that he can't wait until he makes his visit to FSU at the end of January.
"I can't wait until I make my visit," explained Pryor. "I watched the bowl game last week. I was impressed by it and it was cool to see the 41-12 win. It made me proud to brag about my school. I liked how it was a team win and how FSU was able to score in so many ways. I was talking to Coach Coley about the visit; he said they want me to come at the end of January. I love it there."
"School is going well, so I don't have to worry about that," continued Scout.com's 18th ranked running back nationally. "I won't be running track this year because I want to focus on the weight room. I plan on getting to 210 pounds before I get to Florida State."
Stay tuned for further updates with Lonnie, as well as the rest of the Seminole commitments and recruits that are taking part in All-Star games nationally.