Three-star safety Pryor picks Louisville

Louisville has picked up another three-star commitment. Just days after three-star Cincinnati cornerback Chris Dukes committed to the Cardinals, Florida standout Calvin Pryor dialed up Louisville with some good news. InsideTheVille.com has the breaking scoop.

Three-star Port St. Joe safety Calvin Pryor was pretty sure after his official visit to Louisville last week that he wanted to play for Charlie Strong's Cardinals.

After thinking things over with his family for the past week or so and considering offers from Maryland, Florida State, Stanford, USF, UCF, Iowa State, and FIU, the 6'1, 200-pound Pryor was ready to make his decision.


Calvin Pryor is Louisville's 18th verbal commitment in the Class of 2011.
"I just committed to Louisville," Pryor told InsideTheVille.com Tuesday evening. "Me and my dad sat down and talked yesterday. I had to soak it all in because I took the trip to [Louisville] last weekend. I had to let it soak in and settle down. I just feel I can fit in there, get some early playing time there and get a great education. So I decided to go with it."

Pryor, Scout.com's No. 27-ranked safety nationally, called his recruiter, Ron Dugans, with the good news Tuesday evening.

"Before I left I told him I wasn't calling him back until I had some good news for him," Pryor said. "They were looking for that phone call and I felt the time was right. I wanted to call Coach Strong but I didn't have his number so I called Coach Dugans. He's been recruiting me since day one so I wanted to call him."

What was Dugans' reaction to Pryor's decision?

"He was very excited," Pryor said. "He had just arrived in Charlotte, N.C. and the timing was just right. He said he was coming down to see me on Thursday."

Though Pryor just committed to Louisville, he's still thinking about making a scheduled visit to Maryland Oct. 1. Still, Pryor sounds pretty solid in his commitment to Strong's ascending program.

"I think I'm still going to take my visit to Maryland," Pryor said. "Right now I'm committed to Louisville and I'm going to see how it plays out...see who can beat them out. Right now I'm a Card. I'd say it's about 95 percent."

Pryor said he may also visit Florida State and Arkansas, but neither school is expected to visit him this week.

"The only school that's coming in to see me this week is Louisville," Pryor said.

Pryor is rated the No. 37 prospect in the state of Florida by Scout.com.

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Geoff Vogt, SunStateFootball.com: "[Pryor] is a two-way standout that makes plays at running back and safety. Pryor could easily stay at RB, but his preference is safety where he has terrific speed, range, and a hitters mentality. [Pryor] Could be the top athlete in the panhandle, has every tool at his disposal."

Jason Higdon, Recruiting Analyst, InsideTheVille.com: "Pryor has ideal size that college coaches look for in a safety, roughly 6'2 and 205-pounds. He is long, rangy and very athletic. At this stage of the game he is perfect for the safety position and would have the ability to add weight and move to outside linebacker. However, don't look for that to happen as the Louisville coaches love what he brings to the table in the defensive backfield. Pryor has great range and covers a lot of ground in a hurry. Look for Calvin Pryor to crack the two deep and potentially start for Louisville from day one. Coach Ron Dugans did an outstanding job recruiting Pryor."

Mike Hughes, Editor and Publisher, InsideTheVille.com: "Calvin Pryor is a huge get for Louisville. He's one of the top prospects in Louisville's 2011 recruiting class and has the potential to win a starting job next season. Credit goes to UofL assistant Ron Dugans for his work in securing Pryor for the Cards."


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