Pryor Experiences Gameday in Iowa City

Isaiah Pryor grew up learning about Iowa football as the son of a former Hawkeye. The Class of 2017 defensive back from Georgia received another lesson in what the program is about this weekend when he attended its game against rival Wisconsin. He talked with HI about the visit and where things stands with his recruitment.

Some teenagers arrive at college undecided on what to study. For high school sophomore Isaiah Pryor, he's locked into a major. The four-star prospect from Lawrenceville (GA) Archer High has his sights set on psychology.

"It's just something I find really interesting. In the end, it's to help people through hard times," Pryor said.

College football coaches flocked to Pryor this past summer in hopes of him helping them shut down opposing offenses. Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Miami, N.C. State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Rutgers and Tennessee all have reportedly offered scholarships.

"I'm just taking it slow, getting used to the coaches and whatnot," the 6-foot-2, 185-pound cornerback said. "I'm experiencing the college campuses and working towards what will be the best fit."

Pryor experienced Iowa on Saturday when the Hawkeyes played host to rival Wisconsin in front of a sellout crowd at Kinnick Stadium.

"It was a good experience getting to meet with the coaches again and just getting to know them some more," Pryor said. "It was great seeing my first Iowa game."

Pryor had attended Hawkeye contests before, just not as a recruit. His father, Richard Pryor Sr., played defensive end at Iowa from 1984-88, and Isaiah's brother, Richard Pryor Jr., walked on the team in 2013.

Hawkeye Head Coach Kirk Ferentz was in charge of the program's offensive line when Richard Sr. played in it. He offered Isaiah his first scholarship this summer after he camped there.

Richard Sr., who grew up in New Jersey, has remained connected to Iowa through the years. He shared his affinity for the state and program with his sons, ushering them to Iowa City throughout their lives.

"My dad brought us over there at a young age, getting us used to what college football is like and the atmosphere," Isaiah said. "We learned about that going to Iowa. It's helped me when I go to other colleges, knowing what to look for and what makes a good college because Iowa is that."

The Pryors showed dedication this weekend. Isaiah played Friday night then they drove 10 hours to Iowa City for the game before returning home so he could be in a all-star photo shoot Sunday afternoon.

Isaiah had no regrets.

"I really like how the (Iowa) campus is connected to the downtown and everyone is just one big family. The fans are really wild at the games. The stadium was packed and loud, so that was good," he said.

The Iowa staff welcomed Isaiah and continued building its relationship with him.

"I talked to Coach LeVar (Woods), Coach (Phil) Parker and I talked to Coach (Kirk) Ferentz a little bit after the game," he said. "We were just talking about how they think I would fit on the team at Iowa. It was good."

The Pryors were in Gainesville, Florida last week when the Gators hosted South Carolina.

"That was a good game. I really enjoyed it," Isaiah said.

Isaiah said he and his dad will be at Clemson this Saturday for its annual battle with the Gamecocks. The son picks his parent's brain on every trip.

While recruiting has exploded in the last decade, Richard Sr. understands what it's like to be a high-level prospect. He chose the Hawkeyes ahead of schools like Nebraska and Notre Dame when he was coming out of Elizabeth, N.J. as a USA Today all-American.

"He helps me with the recruiting process by giving me tips and letting me know how I should be doing things and ultimately he helps me get better as a player as well," Isaiah said.


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