Louisville offers 2011 Florida safety

Charlie Strong built his first recruiting class at Louisville around Florida talent. The Louisville coach is going back to the Sunshine state in 2011, and recently offered a first-team All-State safety from Port St. Joe (FL). BONUS: (Prospect Highlight Video)

Louisville football coach Charlie Strong is blanketing the state of Florida on the recruiting trail and recently extended an offer to Calvin Pryor, a 2011 standout from Port St. Joe.

"I talked to Coach Strong today, it went well," Pryor said. "He told me it was an official offer [in the mail] and they want to get me up there for a visit. I'm thinking about taking a visit there this spring if I have the time because I'm going to be playing baseball. I think it's a great [offer]. If I go there I would play for Coach Strong and that would be a great honor. Everybody knows him here and he's a good [coach]."

Pryor, 6-0, 205-pound running back/safety, was a first team Class 1-A All-State selection as a running back and a second team All-State pick at defensive back last season. Pryor, who runs the forty yard dash in the 4.5 range, rushed for more than 1,500 yards and 17 touchdowns and also was a standout at safety as a junior. A versatile athlete, Pryor also excels in school.

"He plays running back, we use him at corner and he play strong safety for our team," Port St. Joe coach Vern Barth said. "He's got a 3.5 GPA and he's just an outstanding young man. He's solid. He's 100 percent muscle. He's a heck of an athlete."

Louisville assistant Ron Dugans recently visited Pryor at Port St. Joe and came away impressed, according to Barth. Though Dugans coaches wide receivers for UofL and Pryor was a first team All-State standout at running back, the Cardinals are recruiting Pryor to play safety, a position Pryor prefers to play in college.

"When Coach Dugans came through he was very impressed with him," Barth said. "They're really interested in him as a safety, maybe an outside linebacker."

"He's a great guy," said Pryor. "We talk once or twice a week. He's from down this way and told me if I go to school there it would be just like home."

Barth said his standout has strong interest in the Cardinals.

"He's definitely very interested," Barth said. "He likes how honest they are and how genuine their comments are for him. He likes the mentoring aspect that Coach Dugans and Coach Strong were telling him about and that they haven't been pressuring him in any way. They're honest with him and he's very impressed with that. He knows Coach Strong's reputation from being at Florida and he's excited about the offer."

Pryor also has offers from Maryland, Florida State, Stanford, FIU, and FAMU. Florida, Clemson and Arkansas are showing interest. Pryor recently attended FSU's Junior Day.

"My options are open," Pryor said. "By this summer I'll have an idea of where I want to go. All the schools I talk to want me to play safety. What I'm looking for in a school is academics – that's important. Then the environment – where I feel comfortable."

Pryor is also a standout in basketball and plays point guard for Port St. Joe's, averaging 15 points and six assists. Pryor said he will play baseball for his school this spring.

"He's a big hitter," said Barth. "He's like having a coach on the field. He's very smart and understands coverages. He anticipates plays developing well. You can tell him what to do and he can check out of different coverages depending on motions and formations. He helps keep all they guys lined up. He's an all-around great football player defensively."

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